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The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.93 (997 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bernard Lewis Narrator: Bernard Lewis Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bernard Lewis examines the historical roots of the frustrations and resentments that dominate the Islamic world today and that are increasingly being expressed in acts of terrorism. He looks at the theological origins of political Islam and tells us what the Islamic doctrine of jihad has meant at different times in history. And he takes us, as only he can, through the rise of militant Islam in Iran, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, examining the impact of radical Wahabi proselytizing and Saudi oil money on the rest of the Islamic world.

Crisis of Islam ranges widely through 13 centuries of history, but in particular it charts the key events of the 20th century leading up to the bitter and violent confrontations of today. The Second World War, the creation of the state of Israel, the Cold War, the Iranian Revolution, the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan, the Gulf War, and the September 11th attacks on the United States have all shaped Muslim perceptions in important ways.

While hostility toward the West has a long and varied history in the lands of Islam, its current concentration on America is new. So too is the cult of the suicide bomber. Bernard Lewis helps us understand the reasons for the increasingly dogmatic rejection of modernity by many in the Muslim world in favor of a return to a sacred past. Based on his George Polk Award-winning article for The New Yorker, The Crisis of Islam is essential reading for anyone who wants to know what Osama bin Ladin represents and why his murderous message resonates so widely in the Islamic world. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Emma | 2/13/2014

    " This is very bad journalism. Stacked with miss-quotes, and downright lies. Pure fear mongering. Book like this appeared ib the 1930's in Hitler's time. The author should be called to account. This is not just an opinion its propaganda. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Jonathan | 1/29/2014

    " A brief history of Islam and what it means to the West. Sometimes a little tedious to read, but the information is worth wading through the muck. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Jody Mena | 1/25/2014

    " I had to read this for World History in college. I'm glad they made me, I don't usually take to nonfiction, but this was a really good book, very informative, and I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Dennis Wilson | 1/19/2014

    " This guy is billed as a conservative, but he seems to have a solid knowledge of Islam and the Middle East. This book is short, easy to read, and a good introduction to the thoughts and actions that have brought us to the present situation. "

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