The Islamic Threat: Myth Or Reality?
Oxford University Press, 1992 - 243 pages
Are Islam and the West on an inevitable collision course? Are Islamic fundamentalists medieval fanatics--a threat to stability in the Muslim world and to American interests in the region? Does a clash of world views loom on the horizon? From the Ayatollah Khomeini to Saddam Hussein, the
image of Islam as a militant, expansionist, and rabidly anti-American religion has gripped the minds of Western governments and the media. But these questions and perceptions, John Esposito writes, stem from a long history of mutual distrust, criticism, and condemnation--and they are far too
simplistic to help us understand one of the most important issues of our times.
In The Islamic Threat, Esposito places the challenge of Islam in critical perspective, exploring the vitality of Islam as a global force and the history of its relations with the western world. He offers a systematic assessment of Islamic politics in several key nations (including Iran, Libya,
Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, and Algeria) and in particular Islamic movements (from moderates to radicals), demonstrating the diversity of the Islamic resurgence--and the mistakes western analysts make in assuming a hostile, monolithic Islam. Esposito examines the potential challenge or threat
of Islam in light of the Rushdie affair, the Gulf War of 1990-91, the New World Order, and the pressure for democratization in the Muslim world. He goes on to explore the issues facing Islam and the West in the 1990s, such as pluralism, human rights, the status of women and minorities in the
context of Islamic revivalism.
John Esposito is one of the foremost authorities on the Islamic world, widely acclaimed in both Muslim nations and the West. His most recent work, Islam: The Straight Path, was praised as lucid and comprehensive (Washington Post Book World) and probably the best one-volume introduction
(Voice Literary Supplement). In this incisive and important new study, he throws fresh light on one of the most critical issues in world politics today
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Holy Cross professor (Middle East Studies) and State Department consultant Esposito calls for a more balanced and informed view of the Muslim world. For the thousand years since the Crusades, Muslim ... Read full review
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