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The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?
     

The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?

by John L. Esposito
 

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Are Islam and the West on a collision course? From the Ayatollah Khomeini to Saddam Hussein, the image of Islam as a militant, expansionist, and rabidly anti-American religion has gripped the minds of Western governments and media. But these perceptions, John L. Esposito writes, stem from a long history of mutual distrust, criticism, and condemnation, and are far too

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Are Islam and the West on a collision course? From the Ayatollah Khomeini to Saddam Hussein, the image of Islam as a militant, expansionist, and rabidly anti-American religion has gripped the minds of Western governments and media. But these perceptions, John L. Esposito writes, stem from a long history of mutual distrust, criticism, and condemnation, and are far too simplistic to help us understand one of the most important political issues of our time. In this new edition of The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?, Esposito places the challenge of Islam in critical perspective. Exploring the vitality of this religion as a global force and the history of its relations with the West, Esposito demonstrates the diversity of the Islamic resurgence--and the mistakes our analysts make in assuming a hostile, monolithic Islam. This third edition has been expanded to include new material on current affairs in Turkey, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Southeast Asia, as well as a discussion of international terrorism.

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*Praise for previous editions:

"Esposito has written that rarest, and most useful, of books: a consideration of 'Islamic Fundamentalism' by someone who knows what he's talking about."--The Village Voice Literary Supplement

"Offers a valuable history of the leading figures and movements in the 20th century Islamic revival, underlining the trend in recent years away from violence and toward parliamentary practices."--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

"There is no superior voice explaining Muslims to us."--Times Higher Education Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199826650
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/07/1999
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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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