The Future of Islam

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Overview


John L. Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam. Now, in this brilliant portrait of Islam today--and tomorrow--he draws on a lifetime of thought and research to sweep away the negative stereotypes and provide an accurate, richly nuanced, and revelatory account of the fastest growing religion in the world.

Here Esposito explores the major questions and issues that face Islam in the 21st century and that will deeply affect global politics. Are Islam and the West locked in a deadly clash of civilizations? Is Islam compatible with democracy and human rights? Will religious fundamentalism block the development of modern societies in the Islamic world? Will Islam overwhelm the Western societies in which so many Muslim immigrants now reside? Will Europe become Eurabia or will the Muslims assimilate? Which Muslim thinkers will be most influential in the years to come? To answer this last question he introduces the reader to a new generation of Muslim thinkers--Tariq Ramadan, Timothy Winter, Mustafa Ceric, Amina Wadud, and others--a diverse collection of Muslim men and women, both the "Martin Luthers" and the "Billy Grahams" of Islam. We meet religious leaders who condemn suicide bombing and who see the killing of unarmed men, women, and children as "worse than murder," who preach toleration and pluralism, who advocate for women's rights. The book often underscores the unexpected similarities between the Islamic world and the West and at times turns the mirror on the US, revealing how we appear to Muslims, all to highlight the crucial point that there is nothing exceptional about the Muslim faith.

Recent decades have brought extraordinary changes in the Muslim world, and in addressing all of these issues, Esposito paints a complex picture of Islam in all its diversity--a picture of urgent importance as we face the challenges of the coming century.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Is Islam inherently violent? Do Muslim leaders ever denounce terrorist actions done by members of their religion? Is Islam capable of reform? Can Islam and democracy function together? These are some of the interesting and important questions that Esposito (University Professor of Religion & International Affairs, Georgetown Univ.; Unholy War) addresses in his new book. He focuses on Islam in its present situation as well as in the future. In so doing, he removes some of the misconceptions people frequently have about this religion. By applying a large amount of poll and survey data drawn from many different Islamic countries, he moves the conversation beyond a particular extremist group or geographical area. The four chapters address the complexity of Islam, politics and Islam, reform within Islam, and the future for America and the Islamic world. This is a carefully considered and well-written book by one of the foremost authorities on the subject. VERDICT People who study Islam and those who have an interest in the subject will find Esposito's book to be very helpful. Recommended.—John Jaeger, Dallas Baptist Univ.
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"A Georgetown University professor and well-known scholar of Islam, Esposito analyzes the current and future practice of Islam in this short but insightful volume... Esposito's enthusiasm for his topic makes his book an easy and enlightening read."--Publishers Weekly

"Esposito's book is a calculated appeal to the moderate middle ground upon whom the success of Obama's policies depends. Esposito is the right man for the job: he is a leading scholar of modern Islam, with more than 35 books on the subject to his credit, and heads a centre for Christian-Muslim understanding at Georgetown University. Through his scholarship and engaging writing, Esposito proposes the way forward for a better future for both Islam and the west."--The Financial Times

"Esposito's newest book is a well-researched, richly nuanced portrait of Islam. Though manageable at 234 pages, the book is both comprehensive and in-depth. His choices are fascinating and provide a road map for the myriad ways in which Islam is changing and adapting to new challenges. 'The Future of Islam' is a step in the right direction."--The Christian Science Monitor

"The Future of Islam will be welcomed by readers who want a solid overview of where Islam and Muslims are now...Esposito provides, in short, the kind of information that is all too often lacking in U.S. foreign policy approaches to Muslims and the Muslim world."--America Magazine

"Esposito, who has spent some three decades writing books that present Islam and Muslims to nonspecialists, is at his best here." ---Foreign Affairs

"A powerful call for mutual respect between Muslims and non-Muslims and for a paradigm change in US-foreign policy, though in a balanced and informed way, offside populist argumentation."--Der Islam

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195165210
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/10/2010
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 1,390,696
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

John L. Esposito is University Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown University and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin-Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. He is the editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Modern Islam and The Oxford History of Islam, and author of Unholy War, What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, and many other acclaimed works.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Preface Introduction
1. The Many Faces of Islam and Muslims
2. God in Politics
3:"Islam Needs a Reformation: Where is its Martin Luther?"
4: America and the Muslim World: Building a New Way Forward Conclusion Notes Index

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