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September 12, 2003

Crisis of Islam   (book)

Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror
Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

After reading Sleeping With the Devil, this book was a nice intro to the history behind how things are today in Saudi Arabia and the Islamic world in general. It talks a lot about the history of Islam from a political perspective, and particularly Wahhabism, the radical Islamic sect flourishing mainly in Saudi Arabia, but being spread all over the Islamic world sponsored by Saudi oil money.

One of the main points of this book is that Islam is fundamentally incompatible with democracy because Muslims are not tolerant of other religions at all when they come to political power because, like Christians, they are always right. Historically, the Islamic identity has not been defined or restricted specifically by nationality, but rather as a collective of all the countries in which Islam is the dominant political force. Also, Islam in and of itself is more of a plan for running a country than a religion.

I'm definitely going to read this book again, probably along side Sleeping With the Devil.

Posted by yargevad at September 12, 2003 05:45 PM

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