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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute; 1st Edition edition (April 4 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610170024
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610170024
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
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About the Author

Robert R. Reilly is a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, and National Review, among many other publications. A former director of the Voice of America, he has taught at the National Defense University and served in the White House and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Reilly is a member of the board of the Middle East Media Research Institute and lives near Washington, D.C.

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Essential to understand the conundrum in which the whole Muslim world is stuck now: on the one hand, people like you and me, who learn physics, chemistry, medicine, etc, at school and in universities and practise them every day; on the other hand, a religious establishment which is stuck in the 10th century, and does not want to change nor to account for its laziness, corruption, privileges and unaccountability.

At the root, a theological fight between the supporters of the idea of God as Reason, and the supporters of the idea of God as Will. The former won early and then lost. The latter lost early but were put on top by greedy leaders. And they have been on top for a thousand years.

The direct consequence has been a complete and total rejection of Reason in theology and philosophy, and thus in the social-political and economic spheres.
For example:according to Islamic theologians, water is not the association of oxygen and hydrogen; when you bring oxygen and hydrogen together, water is created by the will of God. As a consequence, for 2 years in 1983-84, under the pressure of the Jamaat e Islami, Pakistani state tv suppressed weather reports since it should have been impossible theologically to forecast God's will...
Another example: ibn Baz' (former Head mufti of Saudi Arabia) theological edict according to which the Earth is the center of the universe. (Now, how would he explain the recent discovery of evidence confirming the Big Bang theory? Or the discovery, several years ago, of an old copy of the Koran showing several versions of the holy book? ([...][...]) .
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Anyone who has ever held an opinion about Islam owes it to themselves to read the first sections of this book. As long as Reilly sticks to the historical development of Islamic thought, this book is compelling and solid. Without a doubt, the current face of modern Islamic intellectual thought derives from the centuries of theological and philosophical debate that this book presents so very well. Indeed, history's explanation for the fact that there is no longer any significant debate and very little room for dissent from the received orthodoxy is made clear. (Consider, for example, the fact that the works of the famous twelfth-century Moslem philosopher Abu'l-Walid Ibn Rushd [Averroes] come to us only through medieval Christian transmission.) In later chapters, however, attempts to explore the implications of this historical outcome are certainly interesting, but slip away from the rigorous and careful treatment that made the historical portion of this work so valuable.
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This is a book long overdue. It should be prescribed reading for all students of philosophy, for the general reader, for those who know absolutely nothing about Islam,and for world leaders who risk being misinformed about the subject. This book should open their eyes no end!!
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The book brings a closer understanding how and why Muslims behave the way they do and why violence seems to be the answer
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Not easy reading; however it is certainly informative and eye-opening.
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