Author Andrew G. Bostom expands upon his two previous groundbreaking compendia, The Legacy of Jihad and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, with this collection of his own recent essays on Sharia - Islamic law. The book elucidates, unapologetically, Sharia's defining Islamic religious principles and the consequences of its application across space and time, focusing upon contemporary illustrations.
A wealth of unambiguous evidence is marshaled, distilled, and analyzed, including: objective, erudite studies of Sharia by leading scholars of Islam; the acknowledgment of Sharia's global "resurgence," even by contemporary academic apologists for Islam; an abundance of recent polling data from Muslim nations and Muslim immigrant communities in the West confirming the ongoing, widespread adherence to Sharia's tenets; the plaintive warnings and admonitions of contemporary Muslim intellectuals - freethinkers and believers, alike - about the incompatibility of Sharia with modern, Western-derived conceptions of universal human rights; and the overt promulgation by authoritative, mainstream international and North American Islamic religious and political organizations of traditional, Sharia-based Muslim legal systems as an integrated whole (i.e., extending well beyond mere "family-law aspects" of Sharia).
Johannes J. G. Jansen, Professor for Contemporary Islamic Thought Emeritus at Utrecht University, says this book "will prove sobering to even staunch optimists."
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This is a detailed information book utilizing a wide range of resources from Islamic and various observers over time (1300+ years). It evidences that beliefs and actions have not really changed in that time and over a broad geographic area. As many are bereft of historical knowledge and even recent world events, it is worth having this book to look at and discern factual evidence. It makes one wonder about claims made by liberal politicians, actors, etc. The book is not a novel but one that presents facts oft reiterated over a long period of time to suggest that the problems are not new nor do the beliefs change in a positive direction. I have read at least one other of Bostom's titles and find them all relevant for those who don't want to just swallow assertions by liberal politicians and actors that what we see in recent decades is an aberration. 1300+ years of history would make one doubt that 'dialog is all we need ... be more understanding.'