In the Path of God: Islam and Political Power

In the Path of God: Islam and Political Power

by Daniel Pipes
     
 

Director of the Middle East Forum and columnist for the New York Post and Jerusalem Post, Pipes explains to western readers the political dimension of Islam, and especially the importance of controlling territory, that had been leading to misunderstanding and conflict. He adds a new preface in light of the September 2001 attacks, and a page of…  See more details below

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Director of the Middle East Forum and columnist for the New York Post and Jerusalem Post, Pipes explains to western readers the political dimension of Islam, and especially the importance of controlling territory, that had been leading to misunderstanding and conflict. He adds a new preface in light of the September 2001 attacks, and a page of corrections to the 1983 Basic Books edition. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

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“Among the outstanding contributions to public-policy debates are Daniel Pipes’s In the Path of God, a lively history of modern Islam and the politics it produces.” —Ellen Wilson, The Wall Street Journal “A cogent study of Islam as a political force in the modern world.” —CW, National Review “Scholarly, far-ranging, and thoughtful. . . . the debate is interesting, and Pipes has make a stimulating contribution to it.” —Ernest Gellner, The New Republic “Brilliant, authoritative. . . . demonstrates encyclopedic knowledge of Muslim intellectual history. . . . Few other writers have explained so lucidly such complex developments in Muslim history. . . . Pipes’ brief account is certainly useful to the nonspecialist trying to understand what seems to be the inherent political instability of the Muslim world. . . . forcefully presented and cogently argued. . . . The book is a valuable contribution to our understanding.” —Thomas W. Lippman, The Washington Post “Mr. Pipes’s forte is logical argumentation. The arguments here are usually clever, occasionally even brilliant, and invariably presented with verve and style.” —Lisa Schiffren, The Wall Street Journal “Pipes has handled his subject well. It is difficult these days to address the question of Islam, the Arabs, and their relations with Israel and remain nonpartisan. Pipes has managed to do just that. He has wended his way through that minefield unscathed. His book is a scholarly attempt to explain what is going on in that little-known, volatile, and very important part of the world - and to define the role that religion plays in it. For that reason, it is well worth reading.” —Ronald Taggiasco, Business Week “Daniel Pipes’s. . . . insightful presentation that sets In the Path of God apart from the recent spate of didactic efforts by Islamicists and quickie potboilers by journalists on the ‘Islamic revival.’. . . . a reasoned, literate explication of whence this bewildering Islamic resurgence has come and whither it is going. Specialists. . . . can also profit from Mr. Pipes’s approach. . . . Mr. Pipes, a Harvard lecturer who has hitherto been known principally as an expert on medieval Muslim armies, helps us make sense of it all.” —Bruce D. Hardcastle, Policy Review “Daniel Pipes’ ambitious work. . . . stands out for its historic sweep, its focus on the political aspects, and the cohesion that comes with single authorship. . . . Pipes, with no apparent ax to grind is not afraid to predict that religious fundamentalism, as the answer to modern political and economic challenges, will fail.” —Foreign Affairs “He has resisted a widespread tendency to translate Muslim self-expression into social science jargon as unintelligible as any mosque harangue. His unadorned interpretation strikes a judicious balance between faithfulness to sources and clarity of presentation. . . . Here Pipes is at his very best.” —Martin Kramer, The American Spectator “This book, ambitious in its scope, eloquent in its presentation, and provocative in its judgments, is a welcome addition to the growing body of new Western writing on the interaction of politics and Islam. It offers both a comprehensive historical review and a wide-ranging contemporary survey of Islamic politics, in their doctrinal as well as practical manifestations. The result is a concise and erudite introduction to this subject for the general reader, and an interesting interpretation for those with more background in Islamic studies. . . . In pursuing its distinctive themes, the book largely succeeds on all three counts, demonstrating mastery of detail combined with an ability to capture the ‘big picture’ and make general arguments in the grand style.” —David Pollock, Middle East Insight

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465034512
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
11/01/1983
Pages:
373

Meet the Author

Daniel Pipes, a historian, is the president of the Middle East Forum. A former official in the US departments of State and Defense, he has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard, Pepperdine, and at the US Naval War College. The author of twelve prior books, Pipes writes a bi-weekly column for The Washington Times, The National Review, and other publications.

Daniel Pipes, a historian, is the president of the Middle East Forum. A former official in the US departments of State and Defense, he has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard, Pepperdine, and at the US Naval War College. The author of twelve prior books, Pipes writes a bi-weekly column for The Washington Times, The National Review, and other publications.

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