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Posted March 7, 2011
Great book if you're into politics
The Rise of Islamic Capitalism:
Why the New Muslim Middle Class is the Key to Defeating Extremism
By: Vali Nasr
Vali Nasr is a professor of International Politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, appears most commonly in relations having to do with the Middle East, and is considered an expert on Middle Eastern affairs. This background only strengthens the credibility of his arguments. I found this book rather lackluster only due to the fact I hate reading and there is no way I can enjoy a book no matter the content. Yet the arguments made by Nasr on Imperialism, and Western democracy's influence on the Middle East made me think deeper than normal about how the situations he has proposed would work in real time. One should read this book only with the intention of reading it for a Government class or else leave it on the shelf. The only thing that kept me in the text was Nasr's ability to keep me thinking. Without proposing numerous situations to "defeating extremism" this book would have lost my attention after the first twenty pages. In a few cases Nasr seemed to drift slightly from the content with related stories which in the end had very little affect on his conclusions. If I were to recommend this book to an age group I would suggest it be read by college students in a Political Science course and people that are in retirement. The situations described in this book are practically irrelevant to anyone under the age of fifty due to the fact that any middle age American citizen will not feel obligated to be up to date on Middle Eastern affairs. Overall I feel this book would be a great read to one who is interested in the Middle East or politics. But for one who dislikes to read this book will in fact be a struggle.
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Posted January 13, 2011
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