The Crisis of Islam

The Crisis of Islam

Audiobook CD - 2003
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In his first book sinceWhat Went Wrong?Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of the resentments that dominate the Islamic world today and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. He looks at the theological origins of political Islam and takes us through the rise of militant Islam in Iran, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, examining the impact of radical Wahhabi proselytizing, and Saudi oil money, on the rest of the Islamic world. The Crisis of Islamranges widely through thirteen centuries of history, but in particular it charts the key events of the twentieth century leading up to the violent confrontations of today: the creation of the state of Israel, the Cold War, the Iranian Revolution, the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan, the Gulf War, and the September 11th attacks on the United States. While hostility toward the West has a long and varied history in the lands of Islam, its current concentration on America is new. So too is the cult of the suicide bomber. Brilliantly disentangling the crosscurrents of Middle Eastern history from the rhetoric of its manipulators, Bernard Lewis helps us understand the reasons for the increasingly dogmatic rejection of modernity by many in the Muslim world in favor of a return to a sacred past. Based on his George Polk Award--winning article forThe New Yorker,The Crisis of Islamis essential reading for anyone who wants to know what Usama bin Ladin represents and why his murderous message resonates so widely in the Islamic world. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2003.
ISBN: 9780739302194
Characteristics: 4 compact discs :,digital ;,12 cm.


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Jul 21, 2016

July 20 2016.....not one of my husband's favourites....he didn't finish it!

Apr 28, 2016

It is refreshing to hear a book narrated by the author himself. One hears the words as well as the emphasis and emotion the author intends for his words. The recording is better than reading the book.

The content is well chosen for relevance to current issues and the author is an expert in the study of the Islamic world. He has an unbiased approach that instills trust in the reader. He is not grandstanding on an emotive subject. The most important part of the book for me was the authors' discussion of the strong role history plays in Islamic societies, more so than for other societies or religious traditions. He clearly understands the origins of instability in the Islamic world, distills it for the reader and conveys it in an engaging way.

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