The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?

The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?


By (author) John L. Esposito

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 214mm x 24mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 7 October 1999
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195130766
  • ISBN 13: 9780195130768
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 469,436

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Are Islam and the West on a collision course? From the Ayatollah Khomeini to Saddam Hussein, the image of Islam as a militant, expansionist, and rabidly anti-American religion has gripped the minds of Western governments and media. But these perceptions, John L. Esposito writes, stem from a long history of mutual distrust, criticism, and condemnation, and are far too simplistic to help us understand one of the most important political issues of our time. In this new edition of The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality?, Esposito places the challenge of Islam in critical perspective. Exploring the vitality of this religion as a global force and the history of its relations with the West, Esposito demonstrates the diversity of the Islamic resurgence-and the mistakes our analysts make in assuming a hostile, monolithic Islam. This third edition has been expanded to include new material on current affairs in Turkey, Afghanistan, Palestine, and Southeast Asia, as well as a discussion of international terrorism.

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"A scholarly, rational and reasonable treatment of a greatly misunderstood topic."-Paul Magnarella, University of Florida "A brilliant exposition of the current euphoria over Islamic Fundamentalism and its hype in the West."-Professor Irfan A. Omar, Temple University "Esposito has written that rarest, and most useful, of books: a consideration of 'Islamic Fundamentalism' by someone who knows what he's talking about."-The Village Voice Literary Supplement "Offers a valuable history of the leading figures and movements in the 20th century Islamic revival, underlining the trend in recent years away from violence and toward parliamentary practices."-The New York Times "One of America's foremost authorities and interpreters of Islam...offers an informed and reasoned discussion of Islam in politics."-The Wall Street Journal "There is no superior voice explaining Muslims to us."-Times Higher Education Supplement "An excellent introduction to the contemporary political manifestations of Islam."-Amir Hussain, California State University, Northridge