Journey into Islam
The Crisis of Globalization
By (author) Akbar S. Ahmed
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Journey into Islam by Akbar S. Ahmed
Book DescriptionGlobalization, the war on terror, and Islamic fundamentalism --followed closely by a rise in Islamophobia --have escalated tensions between Western nations and the Muslim world. Yet internationally renowned Islamic scholar Akbar Ahmed believes that through dialogue and understanding, these cultures can coexist peacefully and respectfully. That hope and belief result in an extraordinary journey. To learn what Muslims think and how they really view America, Ahmed traveled to the three major regions of the Muslim world the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia. Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization is the riveting story of his search for common ground. His absorbing narrative and personal photos bring the reader on a tour of Islam and its peoples. Ahmed sought to understand the experiences and perceptions of ordinary Muslims. Visiting mosques, madrassahs, and universities, he met with people ranging from Pakastan President Pervez Musharraf to prime ministers, princes, sheikhs, professors, and students. He observed, listened, and asked them questions. For example, who inspires them? What are they reading? How do the Internet and international media impact their lives? How do they view America, the West, and changes in society? Ahmed's anthropological expedition enjoyed extensive access to women and youths, revealing unique information on large yet often misunderstood populations. Lamentably, he found high levels of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism and a widespread perception that Islam is under attack from the West. But he also brought back reason for hope. He returned from his groundbreaking travels both impressed with the concerned, kind nature of the individuals he encountered and invigorated with the vitality and passion they displayed. Journey into Islam makes a powerful plea for forming friendships across religion, race, and tradition to create lasting peace between Islam and the West.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780815701316
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Brookings Institution
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Akbar S. Ahmed
Thistle and the Drone, Hardback (March 2013)
Examining relations between America and the Muslim world, the author draws on forty case studies representing the global span of Islam to demonstrate how the US has become involved directly or indirectly in each of these societies.
Millennium and Charisma Among Pathans, Paperback (March 2012)
This reissue presents an analysis of the Swat Pathans, the people of the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, who belong administratively to Pakistan despite being a fiercely independent group, with their own codes and ways of life.
Journey into America, Hardback (June 2010)» View all books by Akbar S. Ahmed
Nearly seven million Muslims live in the United States today, and their relations with non-Muslims are strained. Many Americans associate Islam with figures such as Osama bin Laden, and they worry about ""homegrown terrorists.
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Author Biography - Akbar S. Ahmed
Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University and a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is former high commissioner of Pakistan to Great Britain, and he has taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Cambridge Universities.
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