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Chasing a mirage : the tragic illusion of an Islamic state / Tarek Fatah.


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Fatah, Tarek.
Publication date:
Mississauga, Ont. : J. Wiley & Sons Canada, c2008.
  • Book
  • xx, 410 p. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [371]-386) and index.
  • Preface.Part One: The Illusion.Chapter 1. Politics and theology of Islamic States.Chapter 2. Pakistan-Failure of an Islamic State.Chapter 3. Saudi Arabia-Sponsor of Islamic States.Chapter 4. Iran-The Islamic State.Chapter 5. Palestine-Future Islamic State?Part Two: The Genesis.Chapter 6. The Prophet is Dead.Chapter 7. Medina-The Politics of the Rightly Guided Caliphs.Chapter 8. Damascus-Islam's Arab Empire.Chapter 9. Cordoba-Islam's European Venture.Chapter 10. Baghdad-Islam Embraces the Persians.Part Three: The Consequences.Chapter 11. Sharia-God's Law of Man's Flaw?Chapter 12. Jihad-Permanent War or Continuous Struggle?Chapter 13. Hijab-Islamic Piety or Political Islam?Chapter 14. The Islamist Agenda in the West.Afterword by Husain Haqqani.Acknowledgements.Manufacturer's Warranty.Notes.Selected Bibliography.Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Publisher's Summary:
In "Chasing a Mirage", Tarek Fatah writes: 'Islamists argue that the period following the passing away of Muhammad was Islam's golden era and that we Muslims need to re-create that caliphate to emulate that political system in today's world. I wish to demonstrate that when Muslims buried the Prophet, they also buried with him many of the universal values of Islam that he had preached. The history of Islam can be described essentially as the history of an unending power struggle, where men have killed each other to claim the mantle of Muhammad. This strife is a painful story that started within hours of the Prophet closing his eyes forever, and needs to be told. I firmly believe the message of the Quran is strong enough to withstand the facts of history. It is my conviction that Muslims are mature and secure in their identities to face the truth. This is that story'. Advance praise for "Chasing a Mirage": 'Tarek Fatah has written a provocative and challenging book which is a must read for anyone who cares about these issues' - Janice Gross Stein. '"Chasing a Mirage" is an extremely valuable contributing to the fight by progressive Muslims against Islamist fascism. This book should be required reading for the Left in the West who have mistakenly started believing that Islamists represent some sort of anti-imperialism' - Farooq Tariq. 'Fatah argues passionatley for universalism instead of exclusivism, integration instead of ghettoism, and makes a powerful appeal for the silent majority of Muslims to speak out before it is too late. This work of courage and daring needs to be read widely' - Pervez Hoodbhoy. 'This fascinating work by brave and brilliant Tarek Fatah is simultaneously thought-provoking, instructive and enlightening for laymen and scholars, Muslims and non-Muslim...an invaluable and rare addition to the corpus of Islamic literature in the post-9/11 world, a bold step towards Islamic Reformation and Enlightenment' - Taj Hashmi. 'Tarek Fatah's is a voice that needs to be heard. Canada needs a healthy, reasoned debate about the issues he is raising, and indeed so does the world' - Bob Rae, Member of Parliament, Canada.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)

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