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Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  7 reviews
An eye-opening political travelogue that reveals the Muslim world as never before

Drawing on reporting from more than a dozen Islamic countries, Faith at War offers an unforgettable portrait of the Muslim world after September 11. Choosing to invert the question of what "they" have done to "us," Wall Street Journal reporter Yaroslav Trofimov examines the unprecedented Ameri
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published May 4th 2005 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Yaroslav Trofimov, a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, crisscrossed the Muslim world during the three years after September 11th to learn more about how ordinary and influential (clerics, heads of state, etc.) Muslims perceived the United States. The book is organized based on the countries Yaroslav visited: Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Yemen, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Mali, and Bosnia.

I learned a lot from this book.

I learned how Saudi Arabia is such a bad influence on the
Anyone who holds out hope about the near term in Iraq or the future of America's relations with the Islamic world in general will find Faith at War depressing.[return][return]The book details the travels of Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent Yaroslav Trofimov to a dozen countries with large Muslim populations in the three years after September 11, 2001. These include Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan and even Bosnia and Timbuktu in Mali. Through a wide range of interviews, Trofimov provid ...more
Colleen Clark
May 13, 2013 Colleen Clark rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Islam and recent wars and conflicts since 2001.
This is a very interesting book that I forgot to post when I first read it a few years ago. I had occasion to pull it off my shelves to confirm a recollection about what Trofimov wrote about the first few days of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Trofimov is a writer for the Wall Street Journal, which I don't usually read. This book is a collection of essays over several years. There are 14 chapters, 2 on Saudi Arabia, one each on Tunisia, Yemen Kuwait, Lebanon, Mali, and Bosnia, two on Afghanistan,
Starts of promisingly with an profile of life in ultra-orthodox Saudi Arabia, followed by secular Tunisia, and "wild" Yemen, and not-as-moderate-as it-seems Kuwait. The middle third of the book consists of several chapters of post-invasion (early occupation) Iraq, no doubt fresh reporting at the time of publication, but seem dated now; I had to skim them after a while. The Afghan section that follows, though shorter, suffers a similar problem. Trofimov rounds out the books with trips to Mali, a ...more
Great book by the Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent who travels to Muslim lands following Sept 11 attacks. What a traveler! (I learned I could not visit where and when he visits, too scary.) What a reporter! (How can you tell when someone is saying something they think you want to hear?) Whacko religion! (Democracy is rule by men but Islam is rule by God. They want nothing to do with our invasive culture, nothing.) Exceptional bright spot was Timbuktu, Mali, a democratic country where Is ...more
Michael Clauser
Mar 26, 2008 Michael Clauser rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Neo-cons
Great suggestion from W. Nassau. Classicly (not to be confused with "typlically") liberal Journalist demonstrates unease with Islam but provides great examples of secular Muslim nations like Senegal and Mali.
Excellent introduction to Islam-as it is today.
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Yaroslav Trofimov is an award-winning author and journalist. He has been a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal since 1999, covering the Middle East, Africa and, recently South and Southeast Asia.
He shared in the Overseas Press Club award for foreign reporting on India,and won the SAJA Daniel Pearl award for the outstanding story on South Asia, among other honors.
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