By Graham E. Fuller
What if Islam by no means existed? to a few, it is a comforting idea: no conflict of civilizations, no holy wars, no terrorists.
But what if that were not the case in any respect? In an international with no ISLAM, Graham E. Fuller publications us alongside an illuminating trip via heritage, geopolitics, and faith to enquire even if Islam is certainly the reason for a few of brand new such a lot emotional and significant overseas crises. Fuller takes us from the beginning of Islam to the autumn of Rome to the increase and cave in of the Ottoman Empire. He examines and analyzes the roots of terrorism, the clash in Israel, and the position of Islam in assisting and energizing the anti-imperial fight. Provocatively, he reveals that opposite to the claims of many politicians, thinkers, theologians, and squaddies, an international with no Islam will possibly not glance greatly diverse from what we all know today.
Filled with interesting information and counterintuitive conclusions, a global with no ISLAM is bound to motivate debate and reshape the best way we predict approximately Islam's courting with the West.
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Extra resources for A World Without Islam
He was told to preach the message that God is One and to carry it to the regional tribes and to the corrupt society of pagan and polytheistic Mecca. Muhammad proceeded to promote that message and to inveigh against the harsh and unjust social order and the idolatrous presence of these idols of polytheism in the Ka’ba—the very symbol of Meccan authority and trade. Jesus and the moneylenders come immediately to mind, but Muhammad had a political vision as well. More important, Muhammad early on identified himself as standing in the same line of prophets as others of the Old Testament, going back to the first Prophets, Adam (in Islam) and Abraham.
Assume that the Communist Party in China collapses—how might it happen and what would the process look like on a daily basis? What hidden forces, little tracked today, might rise to the fore? The purpose of such exercises is to lend flesh and substance to otherwise unthinkable or unlikely series of events; they serve to sharpen the analytical antennae to indicators of such possible events in the off chance that the “unthinkable” might come about. They represent exercises in political and social imagination, just one tool among many.
But the focus of interest in this book is specifically how the relations between the West and the Middle East would be if there were no Islam. I do not examine how the whole of the Muslim world might be different if there had been no Islam. Or what the West would have lost in the absence of Islamic culture. We look at the continuing trajectory of East-West relations. And to the extent that those relations have severely deteriorated, I argue that Islam is not the primal or even secondary causal factor—for that we have to look elsewhere.