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Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis Paperback – Jan 1 2005

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Pr (Jan. 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083864077X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0838640777
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,082,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Bat Ye'or, born in Cairo, became a stateless refugee in 1957 and a British citizen in 1959. She is the author of three best-selling books on relations between Muslims and non-Muslims: The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians under Islam, The Decline of Eastern Christianity under Islam: From Jihad to Dhimmitude, and Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilization Collide.

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One measure of success for a book such as this is how effectively it stimulates discussion. Unfortunately, opinion seems to have polarised around those who think every statement in this book is correct, and those who do not.

I'll leave it to others to consider whether, for them, that constitutes meaningful debate.

From my perspective, this book should be read, in conjunction with other sources of information, for two reasons. First, to try to obtain a deeper appreciation of some of the factors influencing Europe's relationship with the geopolitical entities known collectively as the Middle East and, secondly, to try to understand the author's view of Islam.

Bat Ye'Or puts forward some persuasive, at least superficially, arguments in favour of her interpretations. Whether she is correct or not, we all should be concerned. But don't let the debate begin and end with this book: read more broadly and discuss more widely.

This book is a starting point, not a conclusion.

A thought provoking read.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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In this awe-inspiring work, Bat Ye'or chronicles the origins and course of the insidious cultural and economic Jihad of the past 30+ years against the West. She identifies the historical and spiritual dimensions of the current struggle against our civilization by detailing how the enemy has been weakening our culture in the aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

Oil wealth has been harnessed to wage psychological and diplomatic warfare in order to subvert the Judeo-Christian and Enlightenment roots of Europe and turn it into a limp-wristed post-modernist culture as a prelude to subduing it completely. The most disturbing revelations concern the European intellectual and political elites that have colluded in this process of undermining our heritage.

The clearest signs of the extent to which they have succeeded are the Anti-American, Anti-Zionist and Pro-Palestinian attitudes of much of Europe nowadays, demonstrating the effects of the intelligentsia on ordinary people via the media. By playing on European resentment of American dominance, the enemy is succeeding in breaking up the Western Alliance.

There is also the gruesome convergence of a resurgent fascist Anti-Semitism with the Islamist resentment of the existence of Israel. One of its manifestations is Palestinianism, where the Western cultural pathology of guilt is being exploited to turn the West against Israel. Other forces are at work too, like French envy of Anglo-Saxon pre-eminence and the material benefits of close economic co-operation with the oil-rich countries of the Middle East and North Africa.
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so true
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First, Bat Ye'or is clearly an important historian. Her previous work explores the history of Islamic conquests and the fate of non-Muslims under Muslim rulers. It is valuable work -- as important as any good research on the history of Christian oppression of non-Christians or heretics. But in "Eurabia", Ye'or turns to the present and future. And she sees only more of the same: Muslims will continue seeking to conquer the world till all are subject to them. Not only that, Ye'or accuses that the jihadists have now turned Europe itself into their ally against Judeo-Christian civilization. As she explains, the jihadist "ideology, strategy, propaganda, and phraseology were conceived, formulated, and imposed on a reluctant European public opinion by a strong Arab and Western political and ideological alliance, including Third Worldists, Leftists, Communists and the Extreme Right". (p. 86)

With a blizzard of facts and citations, Ye'or lays out her proofs of a new Euro-Arab Axis against Western values. Where many Muslims claim that a Jewish conspiracy controls America, Ye'or holds that Muslims now control Europe:

"The strengthened EU framework has institutionalized a symbiotic Euro-Arab partnership preparing a Kafkaesque cultural and political totalitarianism, wherein Islamist jihadist values subvert the whole European conception of knowledge, human rights, and fundamental individual liberties." (p. 269)

For Ye'or, all recent efforts toward "dialogue", "equality" or "justice" between Muslims and others have been a sham pretext for creeping cultural conquest by Muslims. The Westerners who promoted such accords have merely appeased insatiable aggressors.
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If she really wanted to help build up society, she would try to make better relations between people, not give them many reasons why they must fight people of other religions. I'm sure there are both good and fanatic people in every religion, be it Christians, Muslims or Jews. And it's not fair to label all people of any group as evil.
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