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In the Shadow of the Prophet: The Struggle for the Soul of Islamby Milton Viorst
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The Middle East has long been a volatile yet vital region in world politics. In his captivating new book, In the Shadow of the Prophet, journalist Milton Viorst illuminates the complex struggle to reconcile the Muslim communitys fierce determination to live by traditional Islamic law and beliefs with the desire for economic and political power in todays world. Throughout the Middle East, a rising tide of Islamic fundamentalism has attempted to overturn moderate or secular government, creating in its place an Islamic state based on the ancient moral code of Muhammads time. Conservative and fundamentalist sects are violently at odds with those Muslims who feel Islam must find a way to integrate science and democracy into Islamic life. Without an opening up of Islam, the Middle East will continue to lag far behind the West and even emerging Third World nations in terms of its military power, economic might, and general standards of living.
Based on in-depth interviews with scores of key Islamic leaders and thinkers, journalist Milton Viorst explores the economic and intellectual straitjacket in which traditional Islam has placed the Middle East
About the Author
Milton Viorst has written about the Middle East for years while on staff at The New Yorker. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Sandcastles and Sands of Sorrow: Israel's Journey from Independence. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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