The Islamic threat: myth or reality?

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Oxford University Press, Sep 9, 1993 - Political Science - 247 pages
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Are Islam and the West on an inevitable collision course? Recent events, such as the World Trade Center bombing and the shootings of British tourists by militants in Eqypt only enhance the Western view of Islamic fundamentalists as medieval fanatics. From the Ayatollah Khomeini to Saddam Hussein, the image of Islam as a militant, expansionist, and rabidly anti-American religion has gripped the minds of Western governments and the media. But these perceptions, John Esposito writes, stem from a long history of mutual distrust, criticism, and condemnation--and they are far too simplistic to help us understand one of the most important issues of our times. In The Islamic Threat , Esposito places the challenge of Islam in critical perspective, exploring the vitality of Islam as a global force and the history of its relations with the western world. He offers a systematic assessment of Islamic politics in several key nations (including Iran, Libya, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, and Algeria) and in particular Islamic movements (from moderates to radicals), demonstrating the diversity of the Islamic resurgence--and the mistakes western analysts make in assuming a hostile, monolithic Islam. Esposito examines the potential challenge or threat of Islam and explores the issues facing Islam and the West in the 1990s, from democratization and pluralism to American foreign policy.

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Contents

Introduction
3
Roots of Conflict Cooperation
25
Muslim Responses
47
Copyright

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About the Author:
John L. Esposito is Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Georgetown University, and Director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding: History and International Affairs at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He has served as President of the Middle East Studies Association and as a consultant to the State Department. His books include Islam: The Straight Path, Islam and Politics, Islam in Asia, and Voices of Resurgent Islam.

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