The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

Front Cover
Random House Publishing Group, Mar 2, 2004 - History - 224 pages
12 Reviews
Reviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identified
In his first book since What Went Wrong? Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of the resentments that dominate the Islamic world today and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. He looks at the theological origins of political Islam and takes us through the rise of militant Islam in Iran, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, examining the impact of radical Wahhabi proselytizing, and Saudi oil money, on the rest of the Islamic world.

The Crisis of Islam ranges widely through thirteen centuries of history, but in particular it charts the key events of the twentieth century leading up to the violent confrontations of today: the creation of the state of Israel, the Cold War, the Iranian Revolution, the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan, the Gulf War, and the September 11th attacks on the United States.

While hostility toward the West has a long and varied history in the lands of Islam, its current concentration on America is new. So too is the cult of the suicide bomber. Brilliantly disentangling the crosscurrents of Middle Eastern history from the rhetoric of its manipulators, Bernard Lewis helps us understand the reasons for the increasingly dogmatic rejection of modernity by many in the Muslim world in favor of a return to a sacred past. Based on his George Polk Award–winning article for The New Yorker, The Crisis of Islam is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what Usama bin Ladin represents and why his murderous message resonates so widely in the Islamic world.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4
4 stars
4
3 stars
2
2 stars
1
1 star
1

Reviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identified

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - buffalogr - LibraryThing

The subject sounded promising, but the actual result was a boring, detailed account. The historical view was wound up like a boring college history lesson; unfamiliar names and places with zero ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

Yet another book on the threat posed by fundamentalists and this one ends with this ominous warning "If the fundamentalists are correct in their calculations and succeed in their war, then a dark future awaits the world". Read full review

Contents

DEFINING ISLAM
3
THE HOUSE OF
29
FROM CRUSADERS TO IMPERIALISTS
47
DISCOVERING AMERICA
64
SATAN AND THE SOVIETS
82
DOUBLE STANDARDS
103
A FAILURE OF MODERNITY
113
THE MARRIAGE OF SAUDI POWER AND WAHHABI TEACHING
120
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
171
NOTES
173
INDEX xi
179
XV
180
མེ+རུཾཝྲ ཞྲིའྲི ༦ང 3
181
47
184
113
185
173
186

THE RISE OF TERRORISM
137
THE CRISIS OF ISLAM
138

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2004)

Bernard Lewis is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies Emeritus at Princeton University and the author of The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2,000 Years, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; The Emergence of Modern Turkey; The Arabs in History; and What Went Wrong?: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response, among other books. Lewis is internationally recognized as one of our era’s greatest historians of the Middle East. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages, including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Indonesian. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Bibliographic information