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Islam, Fundamentalism, and the Betrayal of Tradition: Essays by Western Muslim Scholars (Perennial Philosophy) Paperback – May 14, 2004
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I reccommend this book for two reasons. First, it starts from a point of view of pragmatism that is refreshing in such an emotional time. A prime example is Ansary's article analyzing Bin Laden's strategy using game theory, which is original and extremely persuasive. Second, it takes into account the vast ocean of Islamic civilization and the intellectual and spiritual history to which it gave rise. Both sides of the issue of Islamic fundamentalism have almost completely insulated themselves from the great tradition of scholarship and traditional spirituality. For example, both Jerry Falwell and Osama bin Laden seem to agree that the Koran allows cart blanche to carry out war as one sees fit (if one is a Muslim). Dakake's article makes it clear that only a total ignoramus or a delusional maniac could accept such an interpretation in light of the history of just war theory in Islam.
In general, one finds insights about Islam and the present situation that it is difficult to find elsewhere. You will not find rehashing of the same tired analysis we are pelted with on a daily basis in our media. Agree or not, the points of view presented here are important and are, to my mind, very persuasive.
Surah 9:29 is scary at first glance, but not so scary when it's read within the context of Sunah (life, actions, and behavior of Mohammed) which heavily emphasizes respecting peace treaties with non-believers for example. This book mentions also examples of joint-Jihad in which Christian Arab tribes fought alongside Muslims against common enemies. So the Qu'ran needs to be understood within the context of Sunah and historical context. This is something good Islamic scholars do. Sadly not every modern Islamic scholar does this. But that does not mean that they represent Islam and all Muslims. At any rate, this is a form of review and not the place for debate. I will go to the website you named on your post to continue the debate if you post a topic on this book.Read more ›
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I was enthusiastic in the hope this book was going to be a refutation of the rejection of true Sunni Islamic tradition as demonstrated by the aberrations of Islamic... Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by David Livingstone
Every once in a blue moon I come across a book that I would just love to purchase hundreds of copies of and distribute to everyone I meet. This is one of those books. Read morePublished on October 3, 2008 by Ishraqi
This book clearly demonstrates that Bin Laden's call to attack U.S. citizens for a "Crusader-Zionist" foreign policy is absurd. Read morePublished on December 24, 2005 by Sarah
Certainly I would like to believe the book's central thesis, that Osama bin Laden and other jihad terrorists violate the tenets of traditional Islam, but the book... Read more
In the wake of the tragic events in New York. Many americans were confused about thier muslim nieghbors. Read morePublished on January 2, 2005 by Chris Carl
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