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Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization

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Author: Akbar S. AhmedBrand: Brookings Institution PressBinding: PaperbackNumber Of Pages: 325Release Date: 01-12-2008Details: Product Description Globalization, the war on terror, and Islamic fundamentalism-followed closely by a rise in Islamophobia-have escalated tensions between Western nations and the Muslim world. Yet, internationally renowned Islamic scholar Akbar Ahmed believes that through dialogue and...

Author: Akbar S. Ahmed

Brand: Brookings Institution Press

Binding: Paperback

Number Of Pages: 325

Release Date: 01-12-2008

Details: Product Description Globalization, the war on terror, and Islamic fundamentalism-followed closely by a rise in Islamophobia-have escalated tensions between Western nations and the Muslim world. Yet, internationally renowned Islamic scholar Akbar Ahmed believes that through dialogue and understanding, these cultures can coexist peacefully and respectfully. That hope and belief result in an extraordinary journey. To learn what Muslims think and how they really view America, Ahmed traveled to the three major regions of the Muslim world the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia. "Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization" is the riveting story of his search for common ground. His absorbing narrative and personal photos bring the reader on a tour of Islam and its peoples.Ahmed sought to understand the experiences and perceptions of ordinary Muslims. Visiting mosques, madrassahs, and universities, he met with people ranging from Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to prime ministers, princes, sheikhs, professors, and students. He observed, listened, and asked them questions. For example, who inspires them? What are they reading? How do the Internet and international media impact their lives? How do they view America, the West, and changes in society? Ahmed's anthropological expedition enjoyed extensive access to women and youths, revealing unique information on large yet often misunderstood populations.Lamentably, he found high levels of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism and a widespread perception that Islam is under attack from the West. But he also brought back reason for hope. He returned from his groundbreaking travels both impressed with the concerned, kind nature of the individuals he encountered and invigorated with the vitality and passion they displayed. "Journey into Islam" makes a powerful plea for forming friendships across religion, race, and tradition to create lasting peace between Islam and the West. Review "Washington policy-makers and journalists should read this book." -- Tony Blankley "A unique reading experience, rich in on-the-ground perception and realistic hope." -- Lawrence Rosen "Akbar Ahmed takes us on a passionate and ambitious journey towards understanding the contemporary Muslim world." "A fascinating account of how [Ahmed] and his students braved danger to build mutual understanding in Pakistan, India, Syria, Turkey, Qatar, Malaysia, and Indonesia." "Journey into Islam is not only a treasure chest of information for the specialist and non-specialist alike; it is also a how-to manual on fostering peace and mutual respect." -- Khaleel Mohammed "Akbar Ahmed's voice needs to be heard, and his courage strengthened." -- Elie Wiesel "A deeply moral work, informed by profound commitment to universal values of knowledge, justice, and compassion, all of which work to confirm Ahmed's position as preeminent Muslim public intellectual. Ultimately, a generous and empowering work which allows the kind of understanding that is transformative, Journey into Islam is as an extraordinary venture for its readers as it was for the students involved in its making." --Tamara Sonn, College of William & Mary, "Emel Magazine" "A profoundly personal and moving analysis of the anguish and ideological deformations through which the Islamic world is currently passing. "Journey into Islam" is a spiritual Odyssey reaching far back into Professor Ahmed's own past while detailing his dreams for the Muslim world of today and tomorrow." -- "Middle East Policy" "Intellectually engaging and passionately written... "Journey into Islam" is an informative primer on Islamic history, an astute analysis of U.S. relations with the Islamic world over the last century and the deeply personal journal of the man the BBC calls 'the world's best-known scholar on contemporary Islam'." -- "The Christian Century" Synopsis Globalization, the war on terror, and Islamic fundamentalism-followed closely by a rise in Islamophobia-have escalated tensions

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