Christianity and Political Islam
Mounir Ghabbour & Ahmed Osman
5 1/2" x 9" • 201 pages
ISBN 9780704372108 • hardback • $22.00 •
The tragic events of September 11, 2001 and the continuing saga of the Arab-Israeli conflict have served to focus world attention on Islam and the nature and origin of Islamic belief. While some Islamic leaders condemn such attacks as contradicting the teaching of Islam, some Muslim politicians praise them as an obligation on every Muslim to kill the nonbelievers. This difference of view shows that two forms of Islam exist now in the Middle East: a religious one and a political one.
Since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in the first part of the 19th century, a new Islamic movement appeared in the Arab world, which aimed at unifying Muslim countries through re-establishing the Caliphate system of government.
Political Islam calls for jihad to fight the enemy, who they identify as their local rulers as well as Israel and the United States. With the spread of Political Islam, the original Islamic teaching, established by the Quran, seems to have been forgotten.
This concise, erudite account of the background to today's present conflicts is required reading.
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