The Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam's Threat to the West

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Basic Books, Jan 1, 2007 - Psychology - 290 pages
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Whether by choice or not, the West finds itself in a low-grade yet bitter war with Islamic fanaticism--a war the West is ill equipped to fight. The foe is resistant to any of the normal methods of conflict resolution such as negotiation, economic sanctions, or conventional armed confrontation. This book shows how modern liberal societies, whose political theories are born of the Enlightenment, are unfamiliar with the nature of mass fanaticism. The West can only think of it as a social pathology, a failure to modernize, rather than as what it is: a variety of social order that is not only fully viable in the modern world but also willing to use weapons to which the West is uniquely vulnerable. A governing philosophy based on reason, tolerance, and consensus cannot defend itself against a strategy of ruthless violence without being radically transformed--or destroyed.--From publisher description.

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Lee Harris sounded the alarm about the threat of radical Islam (or as I like to call it, Islamania) in 2007 with his book, The Suicide of Reason. In it, he identifies the two great threats to modern ... Read full review

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Islam challenges our culture, our whole Western existence. We reason ourselves into believing that we have to tolerate even those who try to destroy our culture, even to kill us. Islam doesn't know ... Read full review

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Lee Harris is the author of Civilization and Its Enemies: The Next Stage of History and a frequent contributor to Policy Review, the Wall Street Journal's “Opinion Journal,” and other publications, both print and online. He lives in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

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