The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality? / Edition 3

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Are Islam and the West on an inevitable collision course? What are the implications of events in Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Sudan, Pakistan, and the West? The World Trade Center bombing, Algeria's civil war and fears of a fundamentalist Islamic government, Sunni-Shii fratricide in Pakistan, and reports of terrorist networks with bases in the West only enhance the Western view of Muslims as medieval fanatics, and feed talk of an impending clash of civilizations. In this revised edition of "The Islamic Threat," John L. Esposito, a leading expert on political Islam, analyzes the fall-out from these recent events from North Africa to Southeast Asia and places the challenge of Islam in critical perspective. "A useful antidote to the barrage of exaggerated views on Islam"--NY Times

Are Islam and the West on an inevitable collision course? Are Islamic fundamentalists medieval fanatics--a threat to stability in the Muslim world and to American interests in the region? In this revealing work, a leading authority on the Islamic world takes a hard look at the challenge, diversity and sources of Middle East politics.

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Editorial Reviews

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*Praise for the first edition:

"A useful antidote to the barrage of exaggerated views on Islam."--The New York Times

"One of America's foremost authorities and interpreters of Islam...offers an informed and reasoned discussion of Islam in politics."--The Wall Street Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195130768
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 668,089
  • Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
John L. Esposito is Professor of Religion and International Affairs and Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding: History and International Affairs at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He has served as President of the Middle East Studies Association and as a consultant to the State Department. Editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern Islamic World, his books include Islam: The Straight Path, Islam and Politics, Islam in Asia, Voices of Resurgent Islam, and Women in Muslim Family Law.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction 1
1 Contemporary Islam: Reformation or Revolution? 5
2 Islam and the West: Roots of Conflict, Cooperation, and Confrontation 23
3 The West Triumphant: Muslim Responses 45
4 Islam and the State: Dynamics of the Resurgence 74
5 Islamic Organizations: Soldiers of God 128
6 Islam and the West: A Clash of Civilizations? 212
Notes 291
Select Bibliography 313
Index 319
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    Great book go get it!

    I found this book to be wonderful reading, clear and well-balanced report on Islam. For those who want to get a clear and easy look into understanding the Islamic threst, then buy this book as soon as you can.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2002

    Great book

    A must read to understand what our wolrd is going through.

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