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The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West? Hardcover – Aug 21 2012


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 21 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307362078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307362070
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.2 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Politics Book [Fall 2012]
 
“Doug Saunders may be on his way to becoming the most important journalist in the Canadian mainstream media.... In a cool-headed manner, Saunders dismantles...claims one at a time with a relentless onslaught of facts.... The Myth of the Muslim Tide is a welcome antidote [to Islamophobia] and for that reason alone, it deserves wide readership.”
The Georgia Straight
 
“Elegantly written and important.”
iPolitics
 
“Convincing…. The Myth of the Muslim Tide should be welcomed in necessary public debates.”
The Globe and Mail
 
“Nuanced, informative…. Saunders’ approach is refreshingly levelheaded and fact-based…. An invaluable contribution to the contemporary debate over Muslim immigration and integration into Western communities.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“Cogent and timely.”
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Doug Saunders is the former European Bureau Chief of the Globe and Mail and the author of Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World, which won the Donner Prize, and which the Guardian said "may be the best popular book on cities since Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities half a century ago." He has won four National Newspaper Awards. Saunders lives in Toronto.
 


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Khalifa on Feb. 22 2014
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I am biased of course, but this book is not just about Muslims, but about how humanity tends to repeat its mistakes, how we all disguise our own prejudice. an amazing read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken Kardash on Jan. 21 2013
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Congratulations to Doug Saunders for raising a voice of calm and reason against hysteria about Muslim immigration to the West. His meticulous reporting should reassure anyone fretting that Muslims are set to conquer the world by ideological intent and demographic inevitability. If you harbour any such anxieties, this book is well worth reading. For most of us living with Muslim neighbours, we already know that this fear is illusory, fanned by fringe elements of the media to the benefit of only their own book sales. In fact, the author begins each chapter with quotations from popular alarmists, then systematically demolishes their claims. I found this format to be powerful and convincing.
What I found most original and interesting about this book was how it places the current islamophobia in historical context. Saunders demonstrates nicely how prejudice against an influx of potentially dangerous “others” has recurred throughout modern Western history, only to be ultimately washed away by the peaceful forces of integration into a prosperous society. The ironic sense of “tide” in the title thus becomes apparent only when you finish reading the book, or at least the middle of its three sections.
The final section, “What we should worry about”, offers politically correct suggestions about how better education and job opportunities would help prevent extremist violence. Those measures would improve life for all of us. What is only tangentially addressed here, and I was hoping would be further explored, is how a tiny minority of second-generation immigrants are indoctrinated and enabled to act out violently against the West. As Saunders points out, these extremists tend to be well educated and integrated into western society. It seems to me that this is something we should worry about. Maybe another book can address that, which is why I withhold one star in rating this one.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Miller on Jan. 10 2013
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The author appears to be trying to prove a generalization on a global basis. It is somewhat obvious that Muslims immigrating to Canada and the United States for the right reasons are no threat whatever. The author appears to have traveled extensively and has done much research on immigration statistics. However, he seriously misrepresents many scholarly authors completely out of context to support his case. His misrepresentations are so outrageous that I question whether he has read those authors thoroughly. He has ignored, or is simply blind to the growing intensity and power of Islamic extremists in Muslim countries and the infiltration of the West by their operatives. Moreover, these extremist operatives are a serious threat to the Muslims the author is trying to support. They have immigrated to Canada and the US to escape the tyranny of, and abuse by political Islam. Is this book a reflection of "forgive him Lord for he knows not..." OR in the words of Bertrand Russell, "He who observes a crime in silence, commits it."
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G.F. McCauley on Dec 16 2012
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Sanders does a first rate job of arguing (and backing that argument with facts) that the fears of Muslim immigration among Europeans and North Americans is groundless. Bravo!
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History, Science and Statistics - All in One Jan. 26 2013
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The one thing that stands out in "The Myth of the Muslim Tide" is that it's not based on the author's personal whims or views: it's based on exhaustive research and the derived statistics. It delves deep in to the history of immigration and assimilation from as far back as 200 years.

Reading this book had me better educated not only about the myths of the current immigration tide of Muslims but also on the history of Catholic and Jewish immigration to US and Western Europe. Comparing and correlating that background with the analysis of the current statistical data, the author very ably and logically concludes that the fears of the Muslim tide are over blown. The chapter "We have been here before" draws an excellent comparison of similarities between the fears and myths of earlier migrations and that of the current one of Muslims.

Let me make an honest admission here. I am a Muslim immigrant myself and had almost started to believe somewhat in the fears expressed by those who said that Muslims were working on an agenda - that of having the entire host society succumb to the Sharia law - and it's only after reading this book I realized that such reservations were no more than hallucination.

I would recommend this book to all who have reservations about the growing Muslim population and culture among their midst and would go beyond: I would seriously suggest that a condensed version of this book be made part of the curriculum for grade 9 to 10 students so that they can enter their adult life equipped with facts rather than fallacies.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Solid Book based on Data Nov. 20 2013
By Joseph F. Leavitt - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent Book. Saunders does a great job of countering the popular fear that many seem to have about the "threats" that Muslims bring to the "West" by providing an overwhelming amount of empirical data. The only downside is that it can sometimes be somewhat repetitive and somewhat data overload (but would rather have it lean this way than the other). Great book to challenge misinformed perceptions.

One example is the fact that Mohammed is the most popular name given to sons in Britain. Saunders does a good job of explaining that over 50% of Muslims give their son this name. Also, this fact includes counting around 11 or 13 different variations of the name Mohammed.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beneath the surface of the tide metaphor Jan. 21 2013
By Ken Kardash - Published on Amazon.com
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Congratulations to Doug Saunders for raising a voice of calm and reason against hysteria about Muslim immigration to the West. His meticulous reporting should reassure anyone fretting that Muslims are set to conquer the world by ideological intent and demographic inevitability. If you harbour any such anxieties, this book is well worth reading. For most of us living with Muslim neighbours, we already know that this fear is illusory, fanned by fringe elements of the media to the benefit of only their own book sales. In fact, the author begins each chapter with quotations from popular alarmists, then systematically demolishes their claims. I found this format to be powerful and convincing.
What I found most original and interesting about this book was how it places the current islamophobia in historical context. Saunders demonstrates nicely how prejudice against an influx of potentially dangerous "others" has recurred throughout modern Western history, only to be ultimately washed away by the peaceful forces of integration into a prosperous society. The ironic sense of "tide" in the title thus becomes apparent only when you finish reading the book, or at least the middle of its three sections.
The final section, "What we should worry about", offers politically correct suggestions about how better education and job opportunities would help prevent extremist violence. Those measures would improve life for all of us. What is only tangentially addressed here, and I was hoping would be further explored, is how a tiny minority of second-generation immigrants are indoctrinated and enabled to act out violently against the West. As Saunders points out, these extremists tend to be well educated and integrated into western society. It seems to me that this is something we should worry about. Maybe another book can address that, which is why I withhold one star in rating this one.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Good, Sound Investigation May 12 2014
By Annette - Published on Amazon.com
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The Muslim Problem. It’s true that every generation of Americans experiences some sort of fear and dread of a massive invasion of undesirables. The utopian Puritans feared the pacifist Quakers. The Anglican planters feared the Baptist-converting Scots-Irish poor. The Federalists in office feared the Republican-leaning French and Irish. The white Christians feared the Chinese Confucians. The list goes on.

Unfortunately, any discussion about the perceived threats of some immigrant group is clouded by conflicting worldviews, contrived facts, and sloppy reporting. Case in point: When Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy produced Shariah: The Threat to America: Team B II Report, many concerned Christians promoted it without seriously analyzing its content. Two clues should’ve alerted its readers: First, unlike the historic anti-Communist Team B, the Team B II didn’t have access to secure information by which to draw their conclusions. Second, it was such a badly written report, full of misrepresentations and fallacies, that anyone who was anti-Muslim should’ve been embarrassed about it.

There’s a lack of calm, serious discussion about possible threats from immigrant groups, especially those whose racial, religious, and cultural identities vary significantly from the norm. Couple this with the population doom scare, and we’ve got a serious problem. Enter journalist Doug Saunders, neither a friend of Islam nor a stranger to terrorist attacks. In The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West?, he confronts some of the key arguments levied against Europe’s and America’s newcomers. What he exposes are a deep Christian envy of Muslim success and what I’d say is a historic American desire to see a spiritually weak Europe fall. Most complaints about the Islam religion can easily be made about Christianity and Judaism, and the charges of non-patriotism are often equally true or worse for non-Muslims in every country.

What I appreciated most is the way Saunders handles the population arguments, showing how facts are often misconstrued and how broader trends are ignored in favor of demographic reports that produce mass hysteria. “Demographic transition” is occurring in Muslim countries, as would be predicted with ongoing changes in the economy, women’s education, and politics. While many Americans would have us believe otherwise, evidence shows that Muslim immigrants do assimilate with the native cultures, politically, culturally, and – yes, most definitely – demographically.

Although I was generally pleased with Saunders’ work, I do question his constant appeal to the past. Yes, Eastern European Roman Catholics and Jews have unquestionably assimilated. Even Latin Americans, West Indians, and Asians, who he neglects to mention, have pretty much assimilated. But the hidden assumption behind Saunders and others pointing this out is that the assimilation of a previously spurned immigrant group is desirable. If the past tells us anything, it would be that the assimilation of Muslims into the American mainstream is inevitable. But to say that that’s the way things should be requires a judgment call, and one I doubt any nativist would agree with.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Islam Is Not The Treat "They" Say It Is. Dec 10 2013
By Stephen T. Dexter - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent piece of writing. It does well in dispelling the "common view" (a very uneducated one) that Islam is an aggressive religion and one bound to try to take over western societies.


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