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The New Crusades: Constructing the Muslim Enemy

The New Crusades: Constructing the Muslim Enemy

by Emran Qureshi, Michael Sells


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The New Crusades: Constructing the Muslim Enemy

Scholars in a wide range of humanities and social sciences from both worlds demonstrate that the image of Islam and the West in a state of fundamental hostility has emerged at various periods in Western history, and describe the nature of and motivation for its current outbreak. Half of the 12 essays, including one by now late Edward Said, critique Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations. The others explore such topics as the myth of westernness in medieval literary historiography, Islamophobia in France, and nationalist Serbian intellectuals. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231126663
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 11/19/2003
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Emran Qureshi is an independent scholar and freelance journalist. His articles and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Toronto Globe & Mail, the Washington Post, and the Guardian Weekly. He resides in Ottawa, where he is working on his next book, a study of Islam and human rights.Michael A. Sells is Emily Judson Baugh and John Marshall Guest Professor of Comparative Religion at Haverford College. He is the author of more than sixty articles and seven books, including Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations and The Bridge Betrayed: Religion and Genocide in Bosnia.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Tribute to Eqbal Ahmadix
Introduction: Constructing the Muslim Enemy1
Part I
Palace Fundamentalism and Liberal Democracy51
The Clash of Definitions68
The Clash of Civilizations: Samuel P. Huntington, Bernard Lewis, and the Remaking of the Post-Cold War World Order88
The Clash of Civilizations: An Islamicist's Critique131
Among the Mimics and Parasites: V. S. Naipaul's Islam152
Islamic and Western Worlds: The End of History or Clash of Civilizations170
Part II
Europe and the Muslims: The Permanent Crusade?205
The Myth of Westernness in Medieval Literary Historiography249
Islamophobia in France and the "Algerian Problem"288
The Nationalist Serbian Intellectuals and Islam: Defining and Eliminating a Muslim Community314
Christ Killer, Kremlin, Contagion352

What People are Saying About This

Carl Ernst

A book of major importance, revealing the extraordinary strength of Islamophobic prejudice in modern society worldwide. The authors demonstrate the depth of this dehumanizing problem with painful clarity, and they challenge us to move beyond the sinister opposition of 'us' and 'them.'

Adam Hochschild

The learned, subtle, and often brilliant essays in this volume offer a far richer and more nuanced view of Islam and the West than the strident simple-mindedness of too many politicians and pundits these days. The range of subject matter is in itself mind-broadening, the intellectual level high, and the selection of contributors impressive. The late Eqbal Ahmad, to whom this volume is dedicated, would have felt honored, and his many friends and admirers can feel that his work is here carried on.

William A. Graham

A collection of first-rate essays that offer much-needed critiques of parochial, xenophobic, or merely simplistic Western approaches to Islam, Muslims, and the Muslim-majority world. These writings offer acute analyses of, and responses to, those writers who ought to know better (e.g., Bernard Lewis), those who don't want to know better (e.g., V.S. Naipaul), and those who need to know better (e.g., Robert Kaplan). Collectively, they expose the faults of the "clash of civilizations" approach to the contemporary world and remind us how much it has become a self-fulfilling prophecy recently. This volume needs to be on the reading list of every thoughtful American before it is too late.

Ahmed Rashid

A scholarly work of exceptional clarity, forthrightness and position taking. This brilliant work pulls no punches as it provides answers to and refutes the clichés (conventional wisdom) of today – that there is a clash of civilizations and that militant Islam is on the march threatening Western civilization. The most comprehensive group of essays you will find which rebuts assertions made by establishment and neo-conservative scholars. This book provides answers and arguments many people have been waiting for and many have needed.

Bruce B. Lawrence

There is no Muslim enemy. In the 11th century the First Crusaders constructed him to cover spurious conquests and wanton killings. In the 21st century the New Crusaders reconstruct him to cover global asymmetries and moral blunders. Both sets of Crusaders are zealots with feet of clay. Their opposite is Eqbal Ahmad. Ahmad was an educator with a heart of gold. He was also a tireless, fearless agonist for justice. It is in his vision that these essays are cast and to his memory that they are collectively dedicated. This volume holds out true hope. Its message will resonate for all who look beyond Crusades to imagine, then construct a new world order without Muslim enemies.

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