A World Without Islam

A World Without Islam

Book - 2010
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This book will reshape the way we think about Islam's relationship with the West. What if Islam never existed? To some, it's a comforting thought: no clash of civilizations, no holy wars, no terrorists. Here, political scientist and expert on the Muslim world Graham E. Fuller guides us through history, geopolitics, and religion to investigate whether or not Islam is indeed the cause of some of today's most emotional and important international crises. Fuller takes us from the birth of Islam to the fall of Rome to the rise and collapse of the Ottoman Empire. He examines and analyzes the roots of terrorism, the conflict in Israel, and the role of Islam in supporting and energizing the anti-imperial struggle. Provocatively, he finds that contrary to the claims of many politicians, thinkers, theologians, and soldiers, a world without Islam might not look vastly different from what we know today.--From publisher description
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2010
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316041195
Branch Call Number: 297.09 Fuller 2010
Characteristics: viii, 328 pages ; 25 cm


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A remarkable book by a former vice chair of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA. He examines the eternal quest for power and hegemony between and within states. Beginning with the Middle East in pre-Islamic times, he carefully describes the bitter quarrels between Christian Rome and Christian Constantinople (later known as “Byzantium.”). He examines Russia’s claim to be the “New Byzantium,” and its ambivalent East-West identity. After further analyses of Islam’s presence in India and China, he looks at its subordinate place in a Western-dominated modern world, since the early 19th century. He is unflinching in his criticisms of the foreign policy of the USA, and the domestic policy of Israel, with the former’s decisions often leading to unintended consequences. Throughout the book, he continually asks: Would this have happened without the existence of Islam? Or: Is Islam merely a rallying cry for people who feel wronged and exploited by their own, or foreign governments?

May 25, 2011

Until I read this book I never suspected Jinnah broke with the Congress Party to create Pakistan at the behest of the British, or at least that is Fuller's claim.


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