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What's Right with Islam: A New Vision for Muslims and the West Paperback – April 26, 2005
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“Wise and well-written, this important book is a ‘MUST’ for any thinking person who cares about our world.” (Lord Carey of Clifton, Chair of World Economic Forum's Council of 100 Leaders on West-Islamic World Dialogue)
“At long last, a book that helps “us Westerners” to see Muslims as they wish to see themselves.” (Gunnar Stålsett - Bishop of Oslo, Lutheran Church of Norway, member of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee)
“A searching, thoughtful and reasoned alternative to the shrill doomsayers who proclaim a ‘clash of civilizations.’” (Shashi Tharoor, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information)
“The publication of this book is a timely event, providing objective, serious responses to challenges that Islam faces today.” (Prof. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, author of The Heart of Islam)
Rauf argues that what keeps the Islamic world and America apart is economics, politics, Muslim defensiveness—everything but religion. (Publishers Weekly)
“An important counterweight to anti-Islamic polemics.” (Library Journal)
“An invigorating glimpse into the heart and mind of a wise Muslim seeking the higher ground.” (Christian Science Monitor)
“What’s Right with Islam... reveals a man dedicated to fitting the Muslim square peg into an American round hole - an at times awkward task that Rauf often carries out quite effectively.” (Religion Dispatches Magazine)
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Top Customer Reviews
Nonetheless, the exposition of key concepts both of Islam, of comparative religion, and of the development and practice of the U.S. Constitution, does deserve at least 4 stars, and it will be a good reading for anyone not already too prejudiced to consider real issues of both Islam and political theory in a fair light.
There are a couple mistakes that I think point to some oversights on edition, as I suppose Rauf knows them to be inexact, like dates and such in the history section as it deals not just with modern history or early Islamic history, but what is in between. None of them, though, distracts, so I will not point to them. Probably more importantly, this book is from 2004 and it shows. It is quickly becoming dated, and it would merit to be updated by Rauf himself in several places. The most obvious updates would be the growth of Islamophobia in all Western countries; the changes in the situation in the three Muslim conflicts he identifies as most important: Israel, Chechnya and Kashmir, but also in Iraq and Afghanistan; and the Neptunian Revolutions, in particular the Arab Spring, which also undermines somewhat his quasi-Chomskian argument for economic development before formal democracy.Read more ›
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