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By Graham E. Fuller

ISBN-10: 031604119X

ISBN-13: 9780316041195

What if Islam by no means existed? to a few, it is a comforting inspiration: no conflict of civilizations, no holy wars, no terrorists.

But what if that were not the case in any respect? In a global with out ISLAM, Graham E. Fuller courses us alongside an illuminating trip via heritage, geopolitics, and faith to enquire even if Islam is certainly the reason for a few of present day such a lot emotional and significant overseas crises. Fuller takes us from the beginning of Islam to the autumn of Rome to the increase and cave in of the Ottoman Empire. He examines and analyzes the roots of terrorism, the clash in Israel, and the position of Islam in helping and energizing the anti-imperial fight. Provocatively, he reveals that opposite to the claims of many politicians, thinkers, theologians, and infantrymen, a global with no Islam will possibly not glance significantly diverse from what we all know today.

Filled with attention-grabbing info and counterintuitive conclusions, an international with no ISLAM is sure to encourage debate and reshape the way in which we expect approximately Islam's courting with the West.

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Yet it had become a major commercial entrepôt along the Red Sea trade route to Syria. Major Jewish communities existed in several key cities of the Hijaz, especially Medina. The Christian lands of the Byzantine Empire lay just to the north, with major centers in what is today’s Syria and Jordan. Arabia had long nourished its own traditional religions consisting of local or tribal gods similar to those known to other Semitic peoples, including earlier Jews. Much worship was centered in the Ka’ba in Mecca, which was a repository for some 360 gods, reportedly including statues of Jesus and Mary.

I refer to “Islam” repeatedly in the book, including in this introduction; but of course in one sense there is no “Islam”—there are many Islams. Or, put another way, there is one Islam, but many different ways Muslims live and interpret it that differ greatly from country to country, age to age, issue to issue, person to person. In fact, Islam is what Muslims think Islam is, as well as what they want it to be. And they differ, as do adherents of other faiths. To generalize about such a huge and dynamic phenomenon as Islam is to pin it as a butterfly in a collection box to preserve it, to be consulted and examined as a specimen for all time.

As counterintuitive as this argument might seem at first glance, a powerful case can be made for the existence of deeply rooted geopolitical tensions between the Middle East and the West that go very far back into history indeed, predating Islam, even predating Christianity. A multitude of other factors have powerfully influenced the evolution of East-West relations over a very long time: economic interests, geopolitical interests, power struggles between regional empires, ethnic struggles, nationalisms, even severe clashes within Christianity itself—all of which provide ample ground for East-West rivalries and confrontations that really have little if anything to do with Islam.

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