My Holy War: Dispatches from the Home Front

My Holy War: Dispatches from the Home Front

by Jonathan Raban

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My Holy War: Dispatches from the Home Front by Jonathan Raban

Ranging from Seattle to Cairo, from the high seas to the US presidential campaign, Raban brings a distinctive and often unexpected perspective to the issues facing post-September 11 America.

What does the "war on terror" and a new era of religious ferocity look like to an Englishman living in the Pacific Northwest? Jonathan Raban finds, as he reads the source texts that have inspired modern-day jihad, memories of his own adolescent atheism help him understand why young people suffering from cultural alienation and moral uncertainty turn to a backward-looking version of Islam to help them resist the upheavals of modernity.

Raban reflects on the Bush administration's manipulation of the threat of terrorism to undermine civil rights. In diagnosing what has gone wrong in the Iraq war, he emphasizes the US failure to understand the history of the Middle East, and explains the region's shifting and complex loyalties of religion and ethnicity. He traces the continuing support for a disastrous war to the legacy of American Puritanism: the tendency of Americans to be inspired by a religious fervor oblivious to history and reason. And he explores the increasing polarization of American politics, as exemplified by the issues that he has seen divide his urban from his non urban neighbors in the Northwest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590171752
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 11/09/2005
Series: New York Review Books Collections Series
Pages: 193
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.57(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

¿The appearance of a new book by Jonathan Raban is a bit like the arrival of an unheralded comet," Michael Thompson-Noel of The Financial Times once observed. "The heavens gently part and suddenly, here in orbit, shimmering with novelty, is a distinguished newcomer from an unimagined world.¿

Hometown:

Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

June 14, 1942

Place of Birth:

Norfolk, England

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