Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic lllusion of an Islamic State Hardcover – Apr 14 2008
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"I think this book is a positive contribution to the discussion about contemporary Islam and certainly a valuable addition to the voices that are critically looking at Islam's right-wing. . . . I don't think there is any other public intellectual in the North American arena -- Muslim or other -- who could have written this book." (HuffingtonPost.com, April 15th, 2008)
"...a book worthy of attention...both for its contents and for the courage of its author." (Haaretz, October 2008)
"Tarek Fatah has written a provocative and challenging book, which is a must-read for anyone who cares about these issues."--Janice Gross Stein, Director, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto
"Chasing a Mirage is an extremely valuable contribution to the fight by progressive Muslims against Islamic fascism. This book should be required reading for the Left in the West who have mistakenly started believing that Islamists represent some sort of anti-imperialism."--Farooq Tariq, Secretary General, Pakistan Labour Party
"Fatah argues passionately for universalism instead of exclusivism, integration instead of ghettoism, and makes a powerful appeal for the silent majority of Muslims to speak out before it is too late. This work of courage and daring needs to be read widely."--Pervez Hoodboy, Professor, Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
"This fascinating work by brave and brilliant Tarek Fatah is simultaneously thought-provoking, instructive and enlightening for laymen and scholars, Muslim and non-Muslim ... an invaluable and rare addition to the corpus of Islamic literature in the post 9/11 world, a bold step towards Islamic Reformation and Enlightenment."--Taj Hasmi, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu
"Tarek Fatah's is a voice that needs to be heard. Canada needs a healthy, reasoned debate about the issues he is raising, and indeed, so does the world."--Bob Rae, Member of Parliament, Canada
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Says jihad is a death cult. Towards the end it discusses the current situation and the wearing of the hijab, if not women face a dire situation. Racism seems to play a part in the direction of the faith. Anti-music, not even clapping acceptable.
Concludes with some sobering stats about the accomplishments such as quality of colleges and amount of scientists. Insightful. At times hard to believe. The author has numerous notes, and an index. No photos or maps.
Fatah and the scholars he cites show that the autocratic power of early caliphs violated the values of social equality and rule by community consultation. Then a long series of clerical pronouncements proceeded to correct the Quran. The sharia law of stoning adulterers violated the Quran's chapter 4 verses 15-16 and 25, plus chapter 24 verses 2-3. The sharia law permitting the killing of apostates violated the Quran's chapter 2, verse 256, chapter 3 verses 88-89, chapter 4 verse 94, and chapter 16 verse 106. During Muhammad's life three Muslims were recorded as renouncing Islam, and none of them faced any death penalty. The sharia law banning women's testimony in legal cases violated the Quran's chapter 24, verses 4 and 11-20. The sharia law allowing Muslim men to pronounce an "instant" divorce on their wives violated chapter 2 verses 228-229 and chapter 65 verses 1-2. The rule that women should "cover your heads" (chapter 24 verse 31) actually said "cover your bosom (gayb)" -- it didn't mention the head (raas).
Fatah explores Islamic history from the death of Muhammad forward. With unblinking honesty he relates the seizures of power, the political murders, the civil wars.Read more ›
Again, I need to say that Mr. Fatah ignores the facts about Iranian coup of 1953. He doesn't understand that PM Mossadegh was not ELECTED, rather appointed to the job and according to the constitution of Iran at that time, the Shah had the power to dismantle the Parliament and take the Premiership away from Mossadegh and when he did so, Mossadegh refused and resisted. The rest is story of history. One more thing is Mr. Fatah's point that Iran, Turkey and Iraq OCCUPY Kurdistan. Well, that's another point that Mr. Fatah does not appreciate the history of that part of the world. Kurdistan has never been OCCUPIED by Iran as he claims, it has been PART of Iran since the dawn of history. He fails to back his claim up.Read more ›
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This man has a distorted and untrue view about history. He lacks insight in to Islamic history in general and is clearly very anti-Islamic and biased. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 2012 by Hassaan
This guy is so full of himself. His book is not worth the paper it is written on. You will just waste your money buying propaganda that is written with no coherence. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2011 by dove
I was referred to this book by a friend. My objective was to learn about the specific series of events after the passing away of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) that shaped the next... Read morePublished on March 27 2010 by easy rider
A fascinating and thoroughly researched work by Tarek Fattah. He goes right to the beginnings of Muslim thought and their interpretations of their faith. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2009 by Ghulam M. Naeem
While the author shows a deep understanding of the history of the middle east in some regards, in others (regarding Israel) he is deeply and somewhat comedically biased (or maybe... Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2009 by Chris Mann
I found this book to be well-thought out and educational. I have seen Mr. Fatah on T.V. interviews/discussion boards, and have read his articles in major publications. Read morePublished on March 11 2009 by K. Fitzgerald