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Product Details

  • Series: Vintage
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307951170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307951175
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Myth of the Muslim Tide:

"Brilliantly detailed and statistically unarguable. . . . Saunders knocks down all the arguments of an Islamic wave destroying the Western democratic paradise (cough) with the ease of Roger Federer smashing away badly aimed lobs."
Herald de Paris 
 
"Doug Saunders may be on his way to becoming the most important journalist in the Canadian mainstream media. . . . In a cool-headed manner, Saunders dismantles [Eurabia] claims one at a time with a relentless onslaught of facts. . . . At times, Saunders's book reads like a doctoral dissertation as he bludgeons readers with data. But in light of all the hype about the so-called Muslim threat, it's a prudent approach because it makes Muslim-tide authors like Steyn, Bruce Bawer, Melanie Phillips, and Christopher Caldwell look like buffoons. . . . The Myth of the Muslim Tide is a welcome antidote and for that reason alone, it deserves wide readership."
—Straight.com (Toronto) 
 
"Sensible, fact-driven. . . . Doug Saunders is a journalist of the rare kind these days. He actually researches, explores, investigates and only then reports on the major trends of our global community."
Firedog Lake Book Salon 
 
"Using an exhaustive supply of numbers, trends and comparative history in a slim book, Saunders makes a strong case for his arguments, which are meant to challenge those alarmists who think Islam will eventually dominate Europe and North America."
Winnipeg Free Press
 
"Thorough, fact-dense and convincing. . . . An impartial examination of the notion that Muslim immigration urgently threatens Western civilization. . . . Ultimately, Mr. Saunders’ book provides a perverse sort of hope: Catholics and Jews overcame precisely the same sorts of suspicions Muslims now face to become more or less unquestioned members of Western societies. By the time Muslims are supposed to be taking over the entire Western world, perhaps they will instead join hands with their fellow citizens in worrying about the next wave of immigrants—or better yet, not."
National Post
 
"A compelling case. . . . Draws uncanny parallels between modern-day Islamophobia and the outmoded anti-Semitic/anti-Catholic rhetoric of our past—and it refocuses our attention on the real immigration problem we should be worried about. . . . Its reassurances and warnings resonate."
The Grid (Toronto)
 
"An invaluable contribution to the contemporary debate over Muslim immigration and integration into Western communities. . . . The author takes a nuanced, informative look at the alarm that has greeted the latest wave of Muslim immigrants to Western countries and explains, with admirable precision, why this response is unjustified. . . . Saunders’ approach is refreshingly levelheaded and fact-based; he reproaches those who have allowed fear and anger to overwhelm reason, while acknowledging that terrorism and religious extremism pose real dangers to Muslims and non-Muslims alike."
Kirkus Reviews 
 
"Cogent and timely. . . . Saunders sets out to correct the rumors and misinformation that plague the world's second largest religious group. . . . Saunders proceeds to systematically denounce numerous alleged ‘facts’ or perceived trends (e.g., the rate of Muslim immigration will increase; Muslims are guided by an ideology rather than a faith; terrorism is inherent in fundamentalist Islam; etc.), and then offers some solutions."
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Doug Saunders is the European bureau chief of The Globe and Mail. He is the author of Arrival City, which won or was a finalist for several prizes and was published in eight languages around the world.

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Doug Saunders is a Canadian-British author and journalist. He is the author of the book Arrival City (2011) and the London-based European bureau chief for The Globe and Mail. He writes a weekly column devoted to the larger themes and intellectual concepts behind international news, and has won the National Newspaper Award, Canada's counterpart to the Pulitzer Prize, on four occasions.

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The book is well written in concise, easy to understand language.
Lois M. Rankin
This book is a "must read" for anyone interested in the topic of multiculturalism.
Don Gardner
Basically Mr. Saunders uses facts to break through the fog of bigotry.
William LaFleur

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
The one thing that stands out in "The Myth of the Muslim Tide" is that it's not based on the author's personal whims or views: it's based on exhaustive research and the derived statistics. It delves deep in to the history of immigration and assimilation from as far back as 200 years.

Reading this book had me better educated not only about the myths of the current immigration tide of Muslims but also on the history of Catholic and Jewish immigration to US and Western Europe. Comparing and correlating that background with the analysis of the current statistical data, the author very ably and logically concludes that the fears of the Muslim tide are over blown. The chapter "We have been here before" draws an excellent comparison of similarities between the fears and myths of earlier migrations and that of the current one of Muslims.

Let me make an honest admission here. I am a Muslim immigrant myself and had almost started to believe somewhat in the fears expressed by those who said that Muslims were working on an agenda - that of having the entire host society succumb to the Sharia law - and it's only after reading this book I realized that such reservations were no more than hallucination.

I would recommend this book to all who have reservations about the growing Muslim population and culture among their midst and would go beyond: I would seriously suggest that a condensed version of this book be made part of the curriculum for grade 9 to 10 students so that they can enter their adult life equipped with facts rather than fallacies.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By William N. Abrams on October 5, 2012
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I discovered factual information that addresses many of the misconceptions that the media and political extremest say with such fervor and confidence. In most cases they are wrong or highly exaggerated. The book is full of independent statistics which are hard to argue with. Well written, easy to read.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Miller on November 20, 2012
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It irrefutably, compellingly, and with many facts refuted the myths of Eurabia as completely false. The fear mongers and borderline bigots that promote the Muslim tide myths were always wrong and based their mistaken claims on false and irrelevant data. This book reads easily and is chock full of facts with complete documentation. Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roxie Teague on July 2, 2013
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I am interested in sociology so I found this book informative. I am alarmed by the reaction our citizens have to our Muslim immigrants. I will probably read this book again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dan Goodman on February 16, 2013
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Step by step, and using multiple fact based references, Saunders refutes the theory that a conspiracy of political Islam is trying to overwhelm Western civilization, or that such a transformation is even possible. He does not defend radical Islam or jihadists, but demonstrate
that it's practitioners are in the minority.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Thomas Doyle, (aka) Dr. Thaddeus Ozone on February 13, 2013
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So glad I stumbled upon this book! Surprisingly easy read. It gives you facts, stats and the tools you need when you facing opposing opinions.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lois M. Rankin on January 26, 2013
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The book is well written in concise, easy to understand language. The author reminds the reader to recall the hysteria or near-hysteria that the wave of Catholic immigration ignited. Saunders points out that because of the uprisings in Arab and N. African countries many Muslims have been stripped of national identity substituting religious identity in its place. Although there are strong elemets of conservatism in the Muslim communities there is an opening up that includes the use of birth control and the education of girls. The book is strong reminder to look at the whol;e picture and be over whelmed by claims without substance.
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The Muslim Problem. It’s true that every generation of Americans experiences some sort of fear and dread of a massive invasion of undesirables. The utopian Puritans feared the pacifist Quakers. The Anglican planters feared the Baptist-converting Scots-Irish poor. The Federalists in office feared the Republican-leaning French and Irish. The white Christians feared the Chinese Confucians. The list goes on.

Unfortunately, any discussion about the perceived threats of some immigrant group is clouded by conflicting worldviews, contrived facts, and sloppy reporting. Case in point: When Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy produced Shariah: The Threat to America: Team B II Report, many concerned Christians promoted it without seriously analyzing its content. Two clues should’ve alerted its readers: First, unlike the historic anti-Communist Team B, the Team B II didn’t have access to secure information by which to draw their conclusions. Second, it was such a badly written report, full of misrepresentations and fallacies, that anyone who was anti-Muslim should’ve been embarrassed about it.

There’s a lack of calm, serious discussion about possible threats from immigrant groups, especially those whose racial, religious, and cultural identities vary significantly from the norm. Couple this with the population doom scare, and we’ve got a serious problem. Enter journalist Doug Saunders, neither a friend of Islam nor a stranger to terrorist attacks. In The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West?, he confronts some of the key arguments levied against Europe’s and America’s newcomers. What he exposes are a deep Christian envy of Muslim success and what I’d say is a historic American desire to see a spiritually weak Europe fall.
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