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The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Faultline Between Christianity and Islam Paperback – 2012
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A very courageous and challenging account of the tensions between Muslims and Christians that refuses to settle with any damaging stereotypes, focusing instead on the extraordinary potential for reconciliation and understanding in the lives of ordinary believers. -- Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury In this revolutionary work, Griswold ... has brought back the unforgettable stories of Christians and Muslims along the tenth parallel whose faith is shaping the world's future. Griswold's courageous pilgrimage changes the way we think about Christianity and Islam by exploding any simplistic "clash" narrative. She returns us to the most basic truth of human existence: that the world and its people are interconnected -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu The Tenth Parallel is one of the most important books you will ever read ... No one else could have written this book -- Reza Aslan, author of 'No god but God' Ingeniously conceived and beautifully wrought, The Tenth Parallel traces the uneasy fault line of two great faiths, which have so much bloody history between them ... Eliza Griswold gives us a rare look at how complex and interwoven these two cultures actually are -- Lawrence Wright, author of 'The Looming Tower' Intense and often beautifully written ... It is a fabulous piece of reportage. -- Jason Burke * Literary Review * Griswold's confrontations with preachers of evil, her forays into war zones and here determination to listen and explain took guts ... Mediators could learn much from her pilgrimage. -- Michael Binyon * The Times * The Tenth Parallel is a beautifully written book, full of arresting stories woven around a provocative issue. -- Linda Robinson * The Scotsman * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Eliza Griswold, a fellow at the New America Foundation, received both the first Robert I. Friedman Award for investigative reporting and a 2010 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and wasa 2007 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Her journalism has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker,The New York Times Magazine, and Harper's Magazine, among others. A collection of her poems, Wideawake Field, was published by FSG in 2007. The Tenth Parallel is her first book and is the result of seven years' research and reporting across the tenth parallel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In her telling, Islam has no shape or purpose of its own but is merely a shell that every region reshapes in its image and to suit its own needs. Christianity is either colonial imperialism or an individual's genuine but inexplicable misguidedness. The West (i.e. America) is wrong, no matter what it does or why. It is, in fact, by her measures apparently impossible for the U.S. to do anything with good intentions or intelligence in the Middle East. There is almost no one involved that she fails to indirectly insult.
Also disconcertingly, there seems to be resolution. If she had a point to make beyond just chronicling things she's seen, it got lost early along the way and never recovered. I would suggest looking up Infidel,Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America or one of Robert Spencer's books if you'd like a more purposeful perspective on the roots of the conflict in that region.