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Unholy War: Terror in the Name of Islam

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The devastating September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon left us stunned, angry, and uncomprehending. As it became clear that these horrifying acts had been committed in the name of Islam, we struggled to understand how religion could be used to justify the slaughter of innocents. The media, the government, and ordinary citizens alike sought answers to questions about Islam and its adherents. Who are the Muslim extremists who perpetuate such deeds? Why do they hate us? What do they hope to achieve? Does Islam really teach that such terrorists are holy warriors who will be rewarded with everlasting bliss?

In this levelheaded and authoritative book, John L. Esposito, one of the world's most respected scholars of political Islam, provides answers to these and many other questions that have arisen in the wake of the attacks. He clearly and carefully explains the teachings of Islam — the Quran, the example of the Prophet, Islamic law — about jihad or holy war, the use of violence, and terrorism. He chronicles the rise of extremist groups and examines their frightening worldview and tactics. Anti-Americanism (and anti-Europeanism), he shows, is a broad-based phenomenon that cuts across Arab and Muslim societies. It is not just driven by religious zealotry, but by frustration and anger at U.S. policy. Many Muslims are repelled by aspects of Western culture, and alarmed at its impact around the world. It is vital to understand, however, that the vast majority of Muslims are appalled by the acts of violence committed in the name of their faith.

How can we continue the fight against terrorism without precipitating a global clash of cultures? The terrorists behind the September 11 attacks must be brought to justice. But this war against terror must not be used to justify erosion of important values at home, or become a green light to authoritarian regimes in the Muslim world to repress non-violent opposition. Only by understanding and addressing the issues that breed hatred and radicalism, argues Esposito, can we defuse the conflicts that will otherwise continue to confront future generations.

This brief, clear-sighted, and accessibly written book reflects twenty years of study, reflection, and experience on the part of a scholar who is equally respected in the West and in the Muslim World. It will prove to be the best single guide to these urgent questions that have suddenly forced themselves on the attention of the entire world.

Review:

"[E]ngaging, evenhanded, and highly readable book...Esposito...does an admirable job of explaining sociopolitical and cultural developments in the Muslim world in a fashion that is easily accessible to nonspecialist readers....This is essential reading for every concerned citizen and all those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of contemporary Islam and its internal struggles." Library Journal, starred review

Review:

"Though Esposito's conclusions are somewhat platitudinous, his strength lies in his vast knowledge and in his ability to render it in an understandable format for the rest of us." Booklist

Review:

"A leading American authority on Islam offers a well-reasoned plea for tolerance in a time of renewed Muslim-Western enmity." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A model of direct, jargon-free prose that takes its readers on a tour d'horizon of the history of Islamic thought about the West, modernity and jihad. Esposito's book will save readers the effort of reading a shelf of books that address the same issues in a less succinct manner." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"An invaluable book. Erudite, compelling and passionate, Unholy War is essential reading at this crisis of world history, and provides a lucid introduction to truths which must now become common knowledge." Karen Armstrong, author of Islam: A Short History

Synopsis:

One of the world's leading authorities on the Islamic world answers the many troubling questions raised in the wake of the September 11 attack.

Synopsis:

"Unholy War" explores the nature of political Islam, examining the motivation and ideology behind a range of mainstream and extremist Islamic political organizations, including Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda.

Synopsis:

The September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon left us stunned, angry, and uncomprehending. As it became clear that these horrifying acts had been committed in the name of religion, the media, the government, and ordinary citizens alike sought answers to questions about Islam and its adherents.

In this level-headed and authoritative book, John L. Esposito, one of the world's most respected scholars of political Islam, provides answers. He clearly and carefully explains the teachings of Islam--the Quran, the example of the Prophet, Islamic law--about jihad or holy war, the use of violence, and terrorism. He chronicles the rise of extremist groups and examines their frightening worldview and tactics. Anti-Americanism (and anti-Europeanism), he shows, is a broad-based phenomenon that cuts across Arab and Muslim societies. It is not just driven by religious zealotry, but by frustration and anger at U.S. policy. It is vital to understand, however, that the vast majority of Muslims are appalled by the acts of violence committed in the name of their faith. It is essential that we distinguish between the religion of Islam and the actions of extremists like Osama bin Laden, who hijack Islamic discourse and belief to justify their acts of terrorism. This brief, clear-sighted book reflects twenty years of study, reflection, and experience on the part of a scholar who is equally respected in the West and in the Muslim world. It will prove to be the best single guide to the urgent questions that have recently forced themselves on the attention of the entire world.

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"Could not come at a more timely moment.... A model of direct, jargon-free prose that takes its readers on a tour d'horizon of the history of Islamic thought about the West, modernity and jihad. Esposito's book will save readers the effort of reading a shelf of books that address the same issues in a less succinct manner."--Peter L. Bergen, Washington Post Book World

"An invaluable book. Erudite, compelling and passionate, Unholy War is essential reading at this crisis of world history, and provides a lucid introduction to truths which must now become common knowledge."--Karen Armstrong, author of Islam: A Short History

"Esposito has condensed the wealth of knowledge of the Islamic world evinced in his Oxford Illustrated History of Islam, producing a book that can admirably serve as an extremely valuable primer in this new world order in which communists have been replaced by terrorists as the planet's resident evil."--Booklist

"In this engaging, evenhanded and highly readable book, one of America's foremost experts on contemporary Islam seeks to correct popular misconceptions about this faith.... This is essential reading for every concerned citizen and all those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of contemporary Islam and its internal struggles."--Library Journal (starred review)

"A leading American authority on Islam offers a primer on modern varieties of terrorism and a well-reasoned plea for tolerance in a time of renewed Muslim-Western enmity.... A useful guidebook that should find a wide readership."--Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195154351
Author:
Esposito, John L.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, John L.
Location:
Oxford
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
International
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Theology | Islam
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Islam
Subject:
Jihad
Subject:
Anti-Americanism.
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Islam - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Islam
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Religion & Politics
Series Volume:
v. 4
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.58x6.54x.82 in. 1.04 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Oxford University Press - English 9780195154351 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[E]ngaging, evenhanded, and highly readable book...Esposito...does an admirable job of explaining sociopolitical and cultural developments in the Muslim world in a fashion that is easily accessible to nonspecialist readers....This is essential reading for every concerned citizen and all those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of contemporary Islam and its internal struggles."
"Review" by , "Though Esposito's conclusions are somewhat platitudinous, his strength lies in his vast knowledge and in his ability to render it in an understandable format for the rest of us."
"Review" by , "A leading American authority on Islam offers a well-reasoned plea for tolerance in a time of renewed Muslim-Western enmity."
"Review" by , "A model of direct, jargon-free prose that takes its readers on a tour d'horizon of the history of Islamic thought about the West, modernity and jihad. Esposito's book will save readers the effort of reading a shelf of books that address the same issues in a less succinct manner."
"Review" by , "An invaluable book. Erudite, compelling and passionate, Unholy War is essential reading at this crisis of world history, and provides a lucid introduction to truths which must now become common knowledge."
"Synopsis" by , One of the world's leading authorities on the Islamic world answers the many troubling questions raised in the wake of the September 11 attack.
"Synopsis" by , "Unholy War" explores the nature of political Islam, examining the motivation and ideology behind a range of mainstream and extremist Islamic political organizations, including Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda.
"Synopsis" by , The September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon left us stunned, angry, and uncomprehending. As it became clear that these horrifying acts had been committed in the name of religion, the media, the government, and ordinary citizens alike sought answers to questions about Islam and its adherents.

In this level-headed and authoritative book, John L. Esposito, one of the world's most respected scholars of political Islam, provides answers. He clearly and carefully explains the teachings of Islam--the Quran, the example of the Prophet, Islamic law--about jihad or holy war, the use of violence, and terrorism. He chronicles the rise of extremist groups and examines their frightening worldview and tactics. Anti-Americanism (and anti-Europeanism), he shows, is a broad-based phenomenon that cuts across Arab and Muslim societies. It is not just driven by religious zealotry, but by frustration and anger at U.S. policy. It is vital to understand, however, that the vast majority of Muslims are appalled by the acts of violence committed in the name of their faith. It is essential that we distinguish between the religion of Islam and the actions of extremists like Osama bin Laden, who hijack Islamic discourse and belief to justify their acts of terrorism. This brief, clear-sighted book reflects twenty years of study, reflection, and experience on the part of a scholar who is equally respected in the West and in the Muslim world. It will prove to be the best single guide to the urgent questions that have recently forced themselves on the attention of the entire world.

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