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Author: John L. Esposito
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Title: The Islamic Threat : Myth or Reality? (Second Edition)
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Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (January 4, 1996)
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The Islamic Threat : Myth or Reality? (Second Edition) by John L. Esposito

Exploring the vitality of this religion as a global force and the history of its relations with the West, Esposito demonstrates the diversity of the Islamic resurgence-and the mistakes our analysts make in assuming a hostile, monolithic Islam. John Esposito is one of the best scholars of contemporary Islam out there. This book is a little old now, but it is still very relevant for understanding the broad trends behind and varieties of the Islamic revival. He's not a smooth writer, but he makes a solid set of arguments in this book that I mostly agree with. Second, Esposito kind of dodges the question of Islam and liberalism. It's fascinating how few of the political movements within the Islamic world, secular or religious, have been liberal.

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Exploring the vitality of this religion as a global force and the history of its relations with the West, Esposito demonstrates the diversity of the Islamic resurgence-and the mistakes our analysts make in assuming a hostile, monolithic Islam. 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 media. ru/books/about/The Islamic Threat.

Second, it introduces the realist political thought and analyzes how much realism has guided US foreign policy. Afterward, it introduces the liberalist political thought and an analysis of the main debates within liberalism. A special place is given to the Democratic Peace theory, a liberalist theory that has guided US foreign policy since Woodrow Wilson. Bandits in the Roman Empire: Myth and Reality. London/New York: Routledge, 2004.

Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 9 years ago. I had to read this for my Islamic Civilization II class and it worked out well. If you are reading this, you already have some interest I take it. There are not too many books on this subject, but if you are interested in learning about the different groups in different nations since the time of Hasaan al-Bana, then this is your book.

Published January 4, 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA.

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Are Islam and the West on an inevitable collision course? What are the implications of events in Algeria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and the West? Recent events such as the World Trade Center bombing, Algeria's civil war and the fundamentalist Islamic government that might follow, Sunni-Shii fratricide in Pakistan, and reports of terrorist networks with bases in the West only enhance the Western view of Muslims as medieval fanatics, and feed talk of an impending clash of civilizations. From the Ayatollah Khomeini to Saddam Hussein and Sheik Abdul Rahman, the image of Islam as a militant, expansionist, and rabidly anti-American religion has gripped the minds of Western governments and media. But these perceptions, John L. 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 this second edition of The Islamic Threat: Myth or Reality? Esposito, a leading expert in political Islam, analyzes the fall out from these recent events from North Africa to Southeast Asia and 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, Esposito investigates just how pervasive the threat of Muslim radicalism actually is. He offers a systematic assessment of politics in key nations (including Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Libya, Lebanon, Sudan, and Tunisia) 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 looks at the issues facing Islam and the West in the 1990s, from democratization and pluralism to American foreign policy, human rights, and the status of women and minorities in the context of Islamic revivalism. Timely and compelling, The Islamic Threat is essential reading for all those interested in "overcoming the increasingly dangerous gap separating Western and Islamic societies."
Reviews: 7
Allah's holy Law of War is in fact the most important religious duty in Islam, obligatory for all Muslims. This is absolutely clear in the Qur'an, the Hadith-traditional stories, the very first valid histories by Ibn Ishaq and Tabari, and Islamic law. Islam must reign supreme over all other religions and laws. Jihad is the pinnacle of Islam.
Qur’an 9:29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
The phrase la ilaha illa allah in the Qur’an: in Mecca 37:35, 38:4-10 and Medina 47:19.
In these it means religious war for supremacy against all disbelievers.
Qur’an 47:19 Muhammad So know that La ilaha illallah, there is no god except Allah.
Maududi says: This was at the time of the battle of Badr. It is also entitled al-Qital, the Fighting, because it gives the firm command for Jihad, and its theme is to prepare the Muslims for war against disbelievers and to give them instructions about those who kill and those who are killed: Qur’an 9:111
Qur’an 9: 111 Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties for (the price) that theirs shall be the Paradise. They fight in Allah's cause, so they kill and are killed.
I think the writer failed to pull through what he intended. This book does not depict the reality. Islam is the fastest growing religion and there are certain fundamentalist movements in different countries as authors explain. However, after careful analysis I came to conclusion that the situation is blown out of proportion. There is not such things or idea as Islamic Threat. Islam believes in peace and tranquility of all. Unlike Pax Romana, Pax Islamica clearly dictates the tolerance for coexistence for different religion. I do hope that authors pick title for their book more objective rather then to aim at high sales to meet the anti-Islamic sentiment created by the media in the west.
I first read the 2nd Edition of this book for an Introductory International Relations class as an undergraduate at the University of Colorado at Denver. I have since read it again--the 2nd and now 3rd edition. It is as good now as it was then.
Some readers will complain that this work reads like a textbook. In many ways, it does. In many ways, it should. It attempts to teach a western audience about issues that they have never been taught-that they have never been compelled or impelled to learn.
If you want a novel, do not buy this book. If you want a book that persuades you to celebrate waiving the American Flag, do not buy this book.
This book is not meant to be predictive, prescriptive, or proscriptive. It is not jingoistic propaganda. It provides information. That is all. That is enough. Read it if you want information, and if you want to make up your own mind about the events of September 11th, 2001.
Actually the Islamic threat to The West and Christian countries is very real,as Muslims are religious people,devouted & devoted to their religion in contrast to The West ,which is secular and liberal,Therefore you can not take out the Jihad and the razzias (Ghazwah) from the Islamic mind,as they are one of the main pillars of Islam ,actually most Muslims educated and non-educated are in favor and supportive to Islamic movements such as Hamas,The Muslim Brotherhood,Hizb Al'Tahrir,Ben ladin Group, Al'Gamaha Al'Islamiah, Actually Muslims are in support of any Islamic fighting group, whether it is an oppressor or oppressed,as this too, part of the Islamic dogma,(Aid your Muslim Brother whether he is oppressed or oppressor,) another indicator is The Doctors,Engineers,attorney's associations,which mostly controlled by Muslims fundamentals,in Muslims and Arabic countries. That proves,that educated and non-educated have the same mentality.(Shair'a law and Jihad to fight Dar Al'Harb (the infidels) I read several years ago an essay in Al'Hawadith magazine (An Arabic newspaper) about Hizb Al'Tahrir in England, as their leader said "We are preparing the people in England until the Islamic battle ships come to take over. I assure you that what the writer Samuel Huntington,in his book( clash of the civilizations), and Ibn Warraqa in his book (why I am not Muslim) and (Jihad in The West) by Paul Fregosi and (The decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam)By bat ye'or
All these writers confirm my point,