Hardcover ISBN: 0300106033
Explores the history of Islam's imperialism and the persistence of the Ottoman imperialist dream that outlasted World War I to haunt Islamic and Middle Eastern politics. The author says that September 11 can be seen as the expression of this dream, and such attacks have little to do with US international behaviour or policy in the Middle East.
The Soul of Rumi
A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems
Hardcover ISBN: 0060604530
The author of The Essential Rumi offers fans of the great mystical poet's work new translations of Rumi's best poems, including some that have never appeared in print before. 50,000 first printing.
Islam, Democracy, and the West
Paperback ISBN: 0061567590
A final work by the assassinated former prime minister of Pakistan offers a provocative assessment of the growing tensions between Islam and the West, in an account that shares historical information that traces the roots of international terrorism to American support for former dictator Zia ul Haq and reveals how democracy and Islam can be compatible. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Terror in the Name of Islam
Paperback ISBN: 0195168860
The September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon left us stunned, angry, and uncomprehending. As it became clear that these horrifying acts had been committed in the name of religion, the media, the government, and ordinary citizens alike sought answers to questions about Islam and its adherents. In this level-headed and authoritative book, John L. Esposito, one of the world's most respected scholars of political Islam, provides answers. He clearly and carefully explains the teachings of Islam--the Quran, the example of the Prophet, Islamic law--about jihad or holy war, the use of violence, and terrorism. He chronicles the rise of extremist groups and examines their frightening worldview and tactics. Anti-Americanism (and anti-Europeanism), he shows, is a broad-based phenomenon that cuts across Arab and Muslim societies. It is not just driven by religious zealotry, but by frustration and anger at U.S. policy. It is vital to understand, however, that the vast majority of Muslims are appalled by the acts of violence committed in the name of their faith. It is essential that we distinguish between the religion of Islam and the actions of extremists like Osama bin Laden, who hijack Islamic discourse and belief to justify their acts of terrorism. This brief, clear-sighted book reflects twenty years of study, reflection, and experience on the part of a scholar who is equally respected in the West and in the Muslim world. It will prove to be the best single guide to the urgent questions that have recently forced themselves on the attention of the entire world.
Because They Hate
A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America
Paperback ISBN: 0312358385
A Christian-Arab journalist recalls her eyewitness to the deadly beginnings of fundamentalist Islam as a Lebanese Christian whose family spent seven years hiding out in an underground bomb shelter in order to survive a jihad against non-Muslim people, looking at the history, social movements, and religious divisions that have led to the current conflict. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
Paperback ISBN: 0743289692
The author of The Caged Virgin recounts the story of her life, from her traditional Muslim childhood in Somalia and escape from a forced marriage to her efforts to promote women's rights while surviving numerous threats to her safety. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
Who Speaks for Islam?
What a Billion Muslims Really Think
Hardcover ISBN: 1595620176
Draws on in-depth Gallup Organization research to offer insight into what the Muslim world actually believes about key global issues, in an account that seeks to differentiate extremists from everyday Muslims while imparting their opinions about such topics as the western world, democracy, and women's rights.
The Dancing Girls of Lahore
Selling Love And Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District
Paperback ISBN: 0060740434
A cultural history of Lahore's dancing girls profiles their existence in the shadow of a great mosque within the Diamond Market, discussing how their sophisticated art encompasses some of the best of Mughal culture and offering insight into life within the pleasure district as reflected by the experiences of a classically trained young dancer. Reprint.