Reflections on Islam

Reflections on Islam

Ideas, Opinions, Arguments

Book - 2007
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On September 11, 2001, four hijacked airplanes changed the world. Or did they? The 9/11 attacks shattered the modern illusion about Islam as a wholly peaceful faith. They raised the possibility that this seemingly new struggle between East and West-between secular democracy and Islamist theocracy-is just the latest variant of a much older contest between Islam and the non-Islamic world that has been now simmering, now flaring up, for the last 1,400 years. If we have failed to see the skirmishes along Islam's perimeters-in Kashmir and Kosovo, in India and Pakistan, in Chechnya and Xinjiang-it is simply because we have refused to look. In Reflections on Islam , award-winning author and columnist George Jonas explores a range of issues that have come to occupy our daily attention. Is there a difference between Islam and Islamism (and does it matter if there is)? Are we in the midst of a clash of civilizations? How is the confrontation between theocracy and democracy manifesting itself outside of the Middle East? Was it a mistake to invade Iraq, or simply a mistake to stay? At what point do liberal impulses on matters such as multiculturalism and immigration becomes short-sighted and dangerous? Witty, provocative, and eloquent, this collection of essays-written between early 2001 and late 2006-showcases Jonas at his best. Reflections on Islam should be required reading for anyone grappling with the defining issues of our age. Praise for George Jonas: ". . . one of the very best writers of English in the country. . ." -I.M. Owen in Books in Canada ". . . a clever and witty European whose mastery of English is not only flawless but elegant and daring. . ." -Bronwyn Drainie in The Globe and Mail ". . .the closest thing to Alexander Pope we have. . ." -John Moore in the Vancouver Sun-Saturday Books
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, c2007
ISBN: 9781552638866
Branch Call Number: 297.09051 Jon
Characteristics: 251 p


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