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Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World

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  • Posted February 12, 2015

    Somehow, back in 2011, when Robin Wright's enlightening book, &q

    Somehow, back in 2011, when Robin Wright's enlightening book, "Rock the Casbah" was first published, I missed it! Then Ms. Wright was a panelist on Fareed Zakaria's GPS program on CNN and I realized this was a Must Read book!

    Her epic work deftly summarizes the modern history of the Middle East, interprets and analyzes the evolution of political Islam and the basis for the use of terrorism to carry out jihad.

    She goes on to provide what The Economist termed a "corrective" to the impression that prevails in most media news reports that there are no voices of tolerant, peace-loving Muslims. Through her conversations with poets, dramatists, bloggers, rappers, comedians, movie makers, and feminists, she shows that those voices are there, struggling to be heard.

    Since these counter-jihad voices have been directed mostly toward the rest of the Muslim world, perhaps we can be excused for not knowing of their existence. And, after all, it is the rest of the Muslim World who must be convinced that not only are the acts of terror not been effective, as evidenced by the continuing poverty, unemployment, war, and violence in the Middle East, but that these acts of terror have done much to damage the reputation of this great religion and it's followers in the eyes of the rest of the world.

    I find it significant that the more dramatic episodes of atrocity and cruelty perpetrated by the extreme jihadists, such as ISIS have reached a level that has caused the counter-jihad voices to become more frequent and more vehement. I look forward to Ms. Wright's observations as these events continue.

    Ms. Wright has written an essential book for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Islamic world as it is today and its a good read, too!

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    Finally an accurate portrayal of the Middle East as good people instead of calling them all terrorists!

    A must read!

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    Posted November 25, 2011

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