Cover of: The crisis of Islam | Bernard Lewis, Bernard Lewis

About the Book

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. From the Hardcover edition.

About the Edition

"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 11 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 Osama bin Laden represents and why his murderous message resonates so widely in the Islamic world."--Jacket.

First Sentence

It is difficult to generalize about Islam.

Table of Contents

1. Defining Islam
2. The house of war
3. From crusaders to imperialists
4. Discovering America
5. Satan and the Soviets
6. Double standards
7. A failure of modernity
8. The marriage of Saudi power and Wahhabi teaching
9. The rise of terrorism.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
297.7/2
Library of Congress
BP182 .L48 2003

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
xxxii, 184 p. :
Number of pages
184
Dimensions
8.1 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
Weight
11.2 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7699706M
Internet Archive
crisisofislamhol00lewi
ISBN 10
0679642811
LC Control Number
2002045219
OCLC/WorldCat
51280953
Library Thing
22270
Goodreads
568877
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