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  • The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bernard Lewis
    • Narrated By Bernard Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    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.

    Frank says: "Absolutely Worth It, HIghly Recommended!"
    "Truly Insightful"
    Overall

    This is an extremely complex issue and an equally complex read but remained captivating no less. Immediately upon completing the book, I started over and listened a second time to further piece it all together. The book left me pondering America's roll in past and present history, now with a clarified insight into the failures caused by our short attention span and nearsightedness when it comes to foreign affairs.

    After 9/11 when so many asked "why us?", this book offers insight to the answer to that question. A strong believer in the current administration's strong handling of the "War on Terrorism" and the Middle East crisis, I think this book offers the much needed understanding of a culture so different from our own, an understanding that will be required to find our way as a nation through this complex time in the world. We can not afford to abandon yet another body of people who will only respond with resentment if we fail them and grow to become the next generation of Anti-American fighters.

    The book is a must read... more than once. The one shortcoming is the authors reading who's speech at times was difficult to understand making the listen even more complex. Still, a must read.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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