Unholy War

Unholy War

Terror in the Name of Islam

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
A scholar of political Islam offers an explanation of the teachings of the Quran, discussing the rise of Muslim extremist groups, the reasons for Muslim anti-Americanism, and the outlook for peace.

& Taylor

In an objective and authoritative study, a leading scholar of political Islam chronicles the rise of extremist groups in light of the devastating September 11th terrorist attacks, examines their terrifying worldview and tactics, explains how the U.S. can battle terrorism without precipitating a global clash of cultures, and answers other important questions about Islam and its teachings. (Current Affairs)

Oxford University Press
The September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon left us stunned, angry, and uncomprehending. As it became clear that these horrifying acts had been committed in the name of religion, the media, the government, and ordinary citizens alike sought answers to questions about Islam and its adherents.
In this level-headed and authoritative book, John L. Esposito, one of the world's most respected scholars of political Islam, provides answers. He clearly and carefully explains the teachings of Islam--the Quran, the example of the Prophet, Islamic law--about jihad or holy war, the use of violence, and terrorism. He chronicles the rise of extremist groups and examines their frightening worldview and tactics. Anti-Americanism (and anti-Europeanism), he shows, is a broad-based phenomenon that cuts across Arab and Muslim societies. It is not just driven by religious zealotry, but by frustration and anger at U.S. policy. It is vital to understand, however, that the vast majority of Muslims are appalled by the acts of violence committed in the name of their faith. It is essential that we distinguish between the religion of Islam and the actions of extremists like Osama bin Laden, who hijack Islamic discourse and belief to justify their acts of terrorism. This brief, clear-sighted book reflects twenty years of study, reflection, and experience on the part of a scholar who is equally respected in the West and in the Muslim world. It will prove to be the best single guide to the urgent questions that have recently forced themselves on the attention of the entire world.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780195154351
Branch Call Number: 322.42 ESP
Characteristics: xii, 196 p. ; 25 cm


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