Considered one of the West's leading experts on Islam, Lewis, with Churchill, has written an illuminating introduction for those who want to understand the faith and the global challenges it confronts and presents. Whatever your political, personal, or religious views, this book will help you understand Islam's reality.
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"For newcomers to the subject, Bernard Lewis is the man." (Time magazine)
"Lewis speaks with authority in prose marked by lucidity, elegance, wit and force." (Newsday)
This book is well written, scholarly, and one has no reasons to disbelieve what Bernard Lewis writes. However those who practice Islamic neo- fascism will dismiss such analysis of Islam as merely a product of imperial, colonial thinking of a westerner and therefor will dismiss that with which they disagree and remain silent on all other aspects of truth and understanding, solely because of the quarter from which it came. I have a much better insight into Islam having read this book.The reading of this tome should be mandatory for all Western politicians, military leaders, journalists and their like etc.
crisis of islam is his previous book. That is much better structured, but this book reflects on current situation much better.
I would definitely listen to this book again. Bernard Lewis presents a very good overview of Islam from a scholarly perspective.
His performance was okay, but there were several parts that sounded awkward.
This is an excellent introduction to Islam by a recognized scholar in the field. I listened to this book while driving in my car. Every moment listening to this book was time well spent.
I have listen to other Islam books and this is more organized and more informative.
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