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A World Without Islam Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 11, 2010
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I then "came in from the cold" and was appointed a top analyst at CIA for global forecasting. After 25 years with the US government I felt it was time to leave; I joined a major West Coast think tank (RAND)in California (no, nothing to do with Ayn Rand) where I was a senior political scientist. In 2004 I moved to Canada and, among other things, am now an adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. I never lost my interest in Islam, the Middle East and Asia and ended up writing many books on the subject --on Islamic fundamentalism, Shi'ite Islam, and Arab, Turkish, Kurdish and Persian politics. By now they amount to nearly a dozen books; my more recent ones include the well-received "The Future of Political Islam," and later the provocative "A World Without Islam."
My last book was a personal memoir, "Three Truths and a Lie." It's a painfully personal book about our Korean son, adopted at age one who sadly died of crack cocaine at age 21. Although it's a sad tale, many people have commented that they find it uplifting as well, which is personally very gratifying. I'm about to publish a new book, "Turkey and the Arab Spring" in April 2014 And I'm at work on a novel--yes, you guessed it-- about the Middle East.
I currently live in a small town in the Vancouver BC area; when I can break away from my desk I like to spend time on community issues dealing with with bears, eagles, and salmon. And mountain biking is good for the soul.
Top Customer Reviews
I cannot disagree with Fuller's ultimate thesis - the East and the West are two civilizations (cultures, if you prefer) that are in tension with one another. That tension has been there since before Christ. The Roman Era exacerbated the problem by having two capitols - Rome and Constantinople. The church divided along that axis and the Roman Catholic (Latin) Church and the Greek Orthodox churches fought, or at least bickered, as often as not. The rise of Islam rose in the Orthodox sphere and largely assumed their anti-Western stance.
Fuller presents a compelling case and I cannot help but agree with almost everything he says, but I will point out a few troubling issues:
-In Chapter Three he notes that the beginning of East/West struggles begin with Alexander the Great's invasion of Persia in 334 B.C. Funny, I would have thought that he would have chosen events such as the Persian domination of Greek city states in modern Turkey and the Persian invasion of Greece in 480 B.C.Read more ›
There's a long history of mutual suspicion and hatred between East and West; throw in religion and the mix becomes incendiary, especially when religion is joined to the state, any state, and becomes a vehicle for state control. A painful look at the Crusades and their still powerful reverberations follows. The author then takes a hard look at the world of Islamic culture, once pre-eminent, then in a steep decline, now trying to revive its former glory. There's a lot more in the book as well.
Finally, after this exhaustive survey, Fuller takes a look at current American policies in the Islamic world and sees much to be questioned. This may be the hardest part of the book for some readers, for he finds much of American policy counter-productive, pouring kerosene on the flames of local and regional grievances.
Author Graham Fuller is a good writer, who makes his vast scholarship easily accessible. It's not light reading but it's tremendously enlightening. You may not agree with everything he says, but you will learn more than you ever expected to know. I recommend this one highly. Reviewed by Louis N. Gruber.
'A World Without Islam' is a timely work, as the amount of Islamophobia in the media has ratcheted up significantly since 9/11. The author frequently cites the events of 2001 and points out that they may have occurred anyway due to U.S. policies that have always been self-serving, be it propping up despotic regimes in order to continue pumping oil, deposing democratically elected leaders (Iran 1953), stationing troops on sacred ground such as Saudi Arabia, or invading Muslim countries.
Mr. Fuller explains that tensions between the U.S. and Russia arise primarily from Eastern Orthodoxy versus Catholicism, the former having more in common with Islam, hence Russia's recent realignment with states like Iran since the demise of the atheistic Communist state. The mosque onion dome was borrowed from Eastern Orthodox architecture, and China contains some twenty million Muslims, a large portion of whom are currently being persecuted, resettled, and diluted by bringing in millions of Han Chinese to displace them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The author concludes that the world without Islam would not be very different because geopolitical and economic factors have been more important in forming the current situation in... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hiromi Yoshida
Islam is not the "cause" of all the turmoils that has been happening in the Middle East and the world - it has been rather a political and ideological medium which driven... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Yuji Mizuno
The book lay on my to read list for almost a year until I finally picked it up. I regret not having read it sooner. Read morePublished 9 months ago by M J E Latiff
Graham Fuller in this book was successful in answering the question about the world terrorism. He managed to preview the history of interaction between "Islam"and four... Read morePublished 11 months ago by ali darweesh
Religion is rarely about religion. This brilliant book makes it very clear one more time if you were still a sceptic. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Alaturka
Mr Fuller has what marketing guys call a "platform". He was a bigwig from the government in the Middle East. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Andy K
A good read. very good real facts presented. A little long but ok.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer