By Peter R. Demant

Islam vs. Islamism introduces the Islamic world's range, conflicts, and dilemmas—its origins, impressive creativity, and present main issue, the results of its unsatisfied come upon with Western modernity. specific awareness is given to Islamism, Islam's substantially antimodern and sometimes violent revision that's inflicting turmoil within the heart East and beyond.

Islam vs. Islamism introduces the reader to the Islamic global, to its variety and conflicts, and to attainable recommendations to these conflicts. guidance away from both Islamophilia or Muslim-bashing, but averting blandness, Demant explains the origins of Islam, its historical past, and its place in state-of-the-art global. After a interval of remarkable enlargement and creativity, and an extended sequel of decline, the Islamic global is now in deep challenge, as a result of Islam's unsatisfied come across with the West and its modernity. Islamic societies have attempted various techniques to flee from their situation, however the end result has purely been to deepen Muslim powerlessness and Muslims' emotions of frustration.

Then got here Islamism (Islamic fundamentalism) with its progressive yet antimodern inspiration to refashion Muslim society after the Prophet's unique version. Islamism has had unsettling effects, first in Islam's heartlands, then alongside its a number of frontiers, and at last in disagreement with the West itself. one of the results has been an ascending wave of terrorism. yet violence isn't the complete tale. Extremism represents not more than a minority inside of Islam. even if co-existence with violent fundamentalists is a hopeless job, the questions Islamists increase are critical and evoke echoes within the hearts of many extra Muslims. to avoid a struggle of civilizations, discussion with the reasonable majority of Muslims is extra pressing than ever. This ebook is one step on that lengthy road.

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