The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity / Edition 1

The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity / Edition 1

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by Tariq Ali
     
 

ISBN-10: 185984457X

ISBN-13: 9781859844571

Pub. Date: 04/17/2003

Publisher: Verso Books

The aerial attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, a global spectacle of unprecedented dimensions, generated an enormous volume of commentary. The inviolability of the American mainland, breached for the first time since 1812, led to extravagant proclamations by the pundits. It was a new world-historical turning point. The 21st century, once greeted

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The aerial attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, a global spectacle of unprecedented dimensions, generated an enormous volume of commentary. The inviolability of the American mainland, breached for the first time since 1812, led to extravagant proclamations by the pundits. It was a new world-historical turning point. The 21st century, once greeted triumphantly as marking the dawn of a worldwide neo-liberal civilization, suddenly became menaced. The choice presented from the White House and its supporters was to stand shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism or be damned.

Tariq Ali challenges these assumptions, arguing instead that what we have experienced is the return of History in a horrific form, with religious symbols playing a part on both sides: ‘Allah’s revenge,’ ‘God is on Our Side’ and ‘God Bless America.’ The visible violence of September 11 was the response to the invisible violence that has been inflicted on countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Palestine and Chechnya. Some of this has been the direct responsibility of the United States and Russia. In this wide-ranging book that provides an explanation for both the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and new forms of Western colonialism, Tariq Ali argues that many of the values proclaimed by the Enlightenment retain their relevance, while portrayals of the American Empire as a new emancipatory project are misguided.

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ISBN-13:
9781859844571
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
04/17/2003
Edition description:
PBK
Pages:
342
Sales rank:
758,164
Product dimensions:
6.03(w) x 8.05(h) x 1.31(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction to the Paperback Edition
Prologue1
Pt. IMullahs and Heretics13
1An atheist childhood15
2The origins of Islam24
3The empire of the world31
4Jerusalem, Jerusalem39
5Ottomanism44
6The joys of heresy49
7Women versus the eternal masculine60
Pt. IIOne Hundred Years of Servitude69
8A spring memory71
9The roots of Wahhabism73
10The kingdom of corruption79
11Zionism, the First Oil War, resistance86
12Marginal notes on the chapter of defeats114
13The anti-imperialism of fools126
14An ocean of terror141
Pt. IIIThe Nuclear Wastelands of South Asia155
15The case of Anwar Shaikh157
16Plain tales from Pakistan166
17Afghanistan: between hammer and anvil203
18The story of Kashmir217
19The colour khaki253
Pt. IVA Clash of Fundamentalisms279
20A short-course history of US imperialism281
21September surprise316
22Letter to a young Muslim329
Pt. VEpilogue: The Road to Bali341
23A small town in Java343
24Islam on the Equator353
25A tropical gulag369
26An island made secure386
AppOn the Israeli-Arab war394
Index413

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The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades,Jihads and Modernity 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a very good time reading this book.Even though I thought that it was going to be a little bit partial to the Muslim community,I was surprised to see how balanced and objective he could remain. Using this technique,he was much more persuasive in his criticism of the West as well,since nobody could say that he was favoring his own particular group. I would strongly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One can't tell a book from it's cover, but in this case, at least one can get an idea that the author has a sense of humor! Perhaps it may be well that such a serious topic as terrorism and religious fundamentalism be approached with a some humor. At the same time, it is a serious book, one of the few books on terrorism that actually delve into the roots of it all to discern a solution. The book is quite voluminous, nearly 330 pages, packed with information and deep analysis, with many notes. The author's brilliant writing style makes it an incredibly difficult book to put down. I ended up finishing the whole book over the Christmas / New Year holiday, with many sleepless nights, that is. The book is divided into 4 major parts: one on the early history of Islam; one on the last 100 years of relations with the West, marked by colonialism and upheavals; a special part focusing on South Asia (India and Pakistan) the region about which the author is most familiar; and the last part on the United States and it's relations with the Islamic world. The book is fascinating not only because it draws upon the author's deep knowledge of the history of Islam, but also because he punctuates it with poetry and quotations from diverse literary works over the ages. The book exhibits a deep understanding of the subject, and posits a thesis directly confronting the much-touted 'clash of civilizations' model. A major strength of this book, however, is that the author is daring enough not to stand with the crowd. While many intellectuals from the Muslim world do little to explain current events beyond laying the blame on the West, Tariq Ali is not afraid to look squarely at his own culture with the same critical eye he uses to examine Western imperialism. In this day and age, I would say this is a must-read!