Islam Without Illusions: Its Past, Its Present, and Its Challenge for the Future (Google eBook)

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Syracuse University Press, 2003 - Religion - 205 pages
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This an entirely new introduction to Islam by a major American news corespondent versed in Islamic religion, culture, and politics, one who has seen the course of war and upheaval, peace and prosperity. Unmasking the tie between Islam and modern terrorism, Ed Hotaling explores the radical challenge posed by terrorists to the religion they claim to follow and their threat to the world at large. Paralleling the rise of Islam with the life of Muhammad, Hotaling describes how Muhammad created the first Islamic state. He was an innovative general and diplomat who respected women's rights. Hotaling draws the stunning conclusion that if the Prophet were alive today, he would be an American. Hotaling explains, "Just as he did in the heat of persecution, embattled leadership and war, he would have stood up today for his principles, debated and negotiated with his rivals, tolerated their ideas until he could win them over . . . and fought in the open." Here is the amazing story of how Muhammad's followers conquered half the world, exceeded early Christian Europe in the arts, sciences, and government, and won the bloody battles of the Crusades. Hotaling traces the path of Islam to modern times and the spread of Islamic Revivalism spurred by the Iranian Revolution. He reveals its connection to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. With compelling precision, he uncovers alternatives to an impending cataclysmic clash of civilizations.
  

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Contents

What Would Muhammad Do?
1
Paradise and Islams Four Core Beliefs
15
The First Islamic State
27
The First Women of Islam
39
General Muhammad and the First Jihad
55
Separating from Judaism and Christianity
69
One Worldwide Religion?
81
Conquering Half the World
93
The Crusades A Christian Jihad
111
A Personal Persian Interlude
133
The Terrorists Handbook
151
A Clash of Civilizations?
163
Notes
183
Bibliography
189
Index
195
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About the author (2003)

Hotaling is a graduate of Syracuse University (B.A.) and the University of Minnesota (M.A.) and has studied graduate economics at George Washington University.

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