By Graham E. Fuller
What if Islam by no means existed? to a couple, it is a comforting suggestion: no conflict of civilizations, no holy wars, no terrorists.
But what if that were not the case in any respect? In an international with out ISLAM, Graham E. Fuller publications us alongside an illuminating trip via background, geopolitics, and faith to enquire even if Islam is certainly the reason for a few of contemporary such a lot emotional and demanding foreign crises. Fuller takes us from the beginning of Islam to the autumn of Rome to the increase and cave in of the Ottoman Empire. He examines and analyzes the roots of terrorism, the clash in Israel, and the position of Islam in helping and energizing the anti-imperial fight. Provocatively, he unearths that opposite to the claims of many politicians, thinkers, theologians, and squaddies, an international with no Islam will possibly not glance enormously diversified from what we all know today.
Filled with interesting information and counterintuitive conclusions, an international with no ISLAM is bound to motivate debate and reshape the way in which we expect approximately Islam's dating with the West.
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Once again, we see how the role of Islam is usually less important than ethnic confrontations, which may or may not be augmented by religious differences on either side. The last part of the book examines some modern aspirations of the Muslim world, beginning with a look at the history of the Muslim struggle against colonial power. We see how relatively recently, in fact, the Middle East’s struggle against Western imperialism developed and how anti-imperial thinking remains a deep theme in the Middle East’s view of the world today.
So when seemingly small theological differences can stir up hatred, violence, and war, it is a sure sign that a great deal more is going on than mere theological dispute. It is like a furious marital blowup in the kitchen over whether the pasta is overcooked: the anger is very real, but outside observers instantly grasp that something more is going on here beyond whether the pasta is al dente. So in the case of the Middle East and its religions, it is not the theology that really represents the source of conflict.
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A World Without Islam by Graham E. Fuller