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By Meghnad Desai

ISBN-10: 1845112679

ISBN-13: 9781845112677

Regardless of more and more frantic calls - specially after the London bombings of July 7 2005 - for western leaders to 'understand Islam better', there's a nonetheless a serious contrast that should be made among 'Islam' as faith and 'Islamism' within the feel of militant attitude. because the writer of this provocative new booklet sees it, it isn't a extra nuanced figuring out of Islam that might support the western powers defeat the jihadi danger, yet particularly a formal figuring out of Islamism: a political ideology that is rather certain from faith. whereas Islamism could be draped in non secular imagery and suffused by way of apocalyptic language, it however is identical in nature to secular ideologies of terror. And as soon as, the writer holds, this is often thoroughly favored, the how you can defeat it's going to develop into far better obtrusive. traditionally subtle and passionately argued, Rethinking Islamism makes a strong case through a grasp theorist of political philosophy. will probably be crucial interpreting for college students and policy-makers within the fields of politics, present affairs and faith.

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Regardless of more and more frantic calls - specifically after the London bombings of July 7 2005 - for western leaders to 'understand Islam better', there's a nonetheless a serious contrast that should be made among 'Islam' as faith and 'Islamism' within the experience of militant frame of mind. because the writer of this provocative new ebook sees it, it isn't a extra nuanced figuring out of Islam that would aid the western powers defeat the jihadi probability, yet relatively a formal knowing of Islamism: a political ideology that's particularly unique from faith.

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Why฀then,฀he฀asks,฀had฀Allah฀now฀chosen฀to฀let฀them฀sink฀into฀the฀ abyss฀that฀they฀found฀themselves฀in. Our฀complaint฀is฀not฀that฀they฀are฀rich,฀that฀their฀coffers฀overflow: They฀who฀have฀no฀manners฀and฀of฀polite฀speech฀nothing฀know. ฀Here฀and฀now฀are฀houris฀and฀palaces฀to฀infidels฀ given; While฀the฀poor฀Muslim฀is฀promised฀houris฀only฀after฀he฀goes฀to฀ heaven. ฀ We฀ see฀ in฀ it฀ Muslim฀ pride฀ in฀ past฀ glories฀ and฀ triumphs฀ as฀ Islam฀ spread฀ across฀ Europe฀ and฀Africa฀by฀the฀sword,฀and฀the฀contrast฀with฀the฀present฀degradation฀of฀Muslims฀and฀the฀prosperity฀of฀the฀infidels.

12฀The฀ end฀of฀the฀Ottoman฀Empire฀and฀the฀end฀of฀the฀caliphate฀are฀serious฀ matters฀for฀the฀Sunni฀Muslim฀faithful. ฀The฀emperor฀ was฀happy฀to฀oblige฀as฀the฀British฀had฀been฀helpful฀to฀him฀in฀the฀ Crimean฀War. 13฀It฀has฀an฀evocative฀beginning: Why฀must฀I฀forever฀lose,฀forever฀forgo฀profit฀that฀is฀my฀due. ฀Must฀I฀remain฀silent? ฀() After฀this฀opening฀gambit,฀Iqbal฀recalls฀how฀with฀God’s฀inspiration฀ Muslims฀had฀gone฀across฀the฀world฀spreading฀his฀word฀at฀the฀point฀ of฀the฀sword฀and฀gaining฀glory฀for฀his฀name.

They฀had฀fallen฀low฀even฀in฀worldly฀arts. The฀only฀people฀in฀the฀world฀of฀every฀skill฀bereft฀are฀you. The฀only฀race฀which฀cares฀not฀how฀it฀fouls฀its฀nest฀are฀you. Haystacks฀that฀within฀them฀conceal฀the฀lightning’s฀fire฀are฀you. Who฀live฀by฀selling฀tombs฀of฀their฀sires฀are฀you. ฀The฀poem฀ends฀by฀Allah฀saying฀that฀ Muslims฀had฀the฀key฀for฀their฀renaissance฀in฀their฀own฀hands,฀and฀ it฀was฀to฀return฀to฀Him. ฀The฀leadership฀of฀the฀world฀is฀at฀your฀command. The฀cry฀‘Allah-o-Akbar’฀destroys฀all฀except฀God;฀it฀is฀a฀fire.

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