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Not since the Crusades of the Middle Ages has Islam evoked the degree of fear, hostility, and ethnic and religious stereotyping that is evident throughout Western culture today. As conflicts continue to proliferate around the globe, the perception of a colossal, unyielding, and unavoidable struggle between Islam and the West has intensified. These numerous conflicts, both actual and ideological, have revived fears of an ongoing "clash of civilizations"—an intractable and irreconcilable conflict of values between Western cultures and an Islam that is portrayed as hostile and alien.
The New Crusades takes head-on the idea of an emergent "Cold War" between Islam and the West. It explores the historical, political, and institutional forces that have raised the specter of a threatening and monolithic Muslim enemy and provides a nuanced critique of much received wisdom on the topic, particularly the "clash of civilizations" theory. Bringing together twelve of the most influential thinkers in Middle Eastern and religious studies—including Edward Said, Roy Mottahedeh, and Fatema Mernissi—this timely collection confronts such depictions of the Arab-Islamic world, showing their inner workings and how they both empower and shield from scrutiny Islamic radicals who operate from similar paradigms of inevitable and absolute conflict.
Columbia University Press
— Max Weiss
— Roxanne D. Marcotte
— Daniel L. Smith-Christopher
A book of major importance.... Essential.
— L. Carl Brown
Preface: A Tribute to Eqbal, by AhmadEmran QureshiIntroduction: Constructing the Muslim Enemy, by Emran Qureshi and Michael A. SellsPart I Palace Fundamentalism and Liberal Democracy, by Fatema MernissiThe Clash of Definitions, by Edward W. SaidThe Clash of Civilizations: Samuel P. Huntington, Bernard Lewis, and the Remaking of the Post-Cold War World Order, by John TrumpbourThe Clash of Civilizations: An Islamicist's Critique, by Roy P. MottahedehAmong the Mimics and Parasites: V. S. Naipaul's Islam, by Rob NixonIslamic and Western Worlds: The End of History or Clash of Civilizations, by Mujeeb R. KhanEurope and the Muslims: The Permanent Crusade?, by Tomaž MastnakThe Myth of Westernness in Medieval Literary Historiography, by María Rosa MenocalIslamophobia in France and the "Algerian Problem", by Neil MacMasterThe Nationalist Serbian Intellectuals and Islam: Defining and Eliminating a Muslim Community, by Norman CigarChrist Killer, Kremlin, Contagion, by Michael A. SellsContributorsIndex
Columbia University Press
Posted April 5, 2005
The image of Islam and the West in a state of fundamental hostility is not new. In recent times, however, it has gained increasing prominence due to the growing number of proponents of this scenario, such as Bernard Lewis, Samuel Huntington and V.S. Naipul. Recent events such as 9/11 and the resulting rhetoric and action primarily against Islamic states have reinforced this idea. Emran Qureshi and Michael Sells confront these notions of an impending clash and offer a critique of the simplistic and hostile approach taken by writers such as Lewis and Huntington towards the religion of Islam.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.