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The Crisis of Islam - Holy War and Unholy Terror

Bernard Lewis

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.

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.
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Genres:

History

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Length:

4h 46m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:32


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:20


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:33


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:21


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:27


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:53


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:57


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:52


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:26


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:30


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:07


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:36


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:36


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:52


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:44


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:31


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:02


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:43