By John L. Esposito
The devastating September eleven assaults at the global alternate heart and the Pentagon left us surprised, offended, and uncomprehending. because it grew to become transparent that those frightening acts have been devoted within the identify of Islam, we struggled to appreciate how faith will be used to justify the slaughter of innocents. The media, the govt, and traditional electorate alike sought solutions to questions on Islam and its adherents. who're the Muslim extremists who perpetrate such deeds? Why do they hate us? What do they desire to accomplish? Does Islam quite educate that such terrorists are holy warriors who can be rewarded with eternal bliss? during this level-headed and authoritative e-book, John L. Esposito, one of many world's most dear students of political Islam, presents solutions to those and plenty of different questions that experience arisen within the wake of the assaults. He sincerely and thoroughly explains the lessons of Islam--the Quran, the instance of the Prophet, Islamic law--about jihad or holy struggle, using violence, and terrorism. He chronicles the increase of extremist teams and examines their scary worldview and strategies. Anti-Americanism (and anti-Europeanism), he indicates, is a broad-based phenomenon that cuts throughout Arab and Muslim societies. it isn't simply pushed by means of non secular zealotry, yet through frustration and anger at U.S. coverage. furthermore, many Muslims are repelled by way of elements of Western tradition, and alarmed at its effect all over the world. it is necessary to appreciate, despite the fact that, that the majority of Muslims are appalled via the acts of violence devoted within the identify in their religion. it's crucial that we distinguish among the faith of Islam and the activities of extremists like Osama bin weighted down who hijack Islamic discourse and trust to justify their acts of terrorism. How do we proceed the struggle opposed to terrorism with out precipitating a world conflict of cultures? this is often probably crucial query we are facing during this time of problem. The terrorists at the back of the September eleven assaults has to be dropped at justice, their cells eliminated, and their bases destroyed. yet this warfare opposed to terror mustn't ever be used to justify erosion of vital values at domestic, or develop into a eco-friendly gentle to authoritarian regimes within the Muslim international to repress non-violent competition. merely by means of figuring out and addressing the problems that breed hatred and radicalism, argues Esposito, will we defuse the conflicts that would differently proceed to confront destiny generations. This short, clear-sighted and accessibly written booklet displays 20 years of research, mirrored image, and event at the a part of a student who's both revered within the West and within the Muslim global. it is going to end up to be the easiest unmarried advisor to those pressing questions that experience unexpectedly pressured themselves at the consciousness of the whole global.