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The Future of Islam

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John L. Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam. Now, in this brilliant portrait of Islam today— and tomorrow— he draws on a lifetime of thought and research to provide an accurate, richly nuanced, and revelatory account of the fastest growing religion in the world.

Here Esposito explores the major questions and issues that face Islam in the 21st century

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Published February 4th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 22nd 2010)
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Kamil Salamah
Professor Esposito has dissected the subject comprehensively. His conclusions are very clear.

Islam, like ALL religions suffers from the same ailments that are at the heart of corrupting and have corrupted theologies throughout history.

The use of religions for political influence and power to control masses of humans and nations; repressive authoritarian regimes resort to tactics that nurture the flourishing of thoughts of exclusivity, rigid conservative fundamentalism, and the intolerance of plu...more
Dr. Esposito always writes thoughtful, easy to understand works on Islam. He writes with a neutral view, but I am sure in today’s world of anti-Islamic bias that would get him accused of being pro Islam. Of course as a practicing Catholic that taught at Holy Cross before going on to Georgetown he is just a serious scholar presenting the facts as he sees them. The Future of Islam is interesting and informative reading for both Muslim and non-Muslim.
Deni Aria
Islam in the eyes of An Orientalist, it gives a new perspective of how religion can truly be the key factor of world peace. The future of Islam depicts on this book is solely about making peace with pluralistic outlook scheme !
Really informative and balanced. I would say that it goes straight to the point, by challenging the current presumptions about Islam, and explaining very methodically how the social and political aspects affect those presumptions in each part of the world differently.

Esposito draws a vast picture of the Islamic scholars that try to modernize/reinterpret Islam in the Middle East and Asia, and he gives us concise positions of each of them. This is mainly in Chapter 3, which deals with Reform of I...more
Kevin Butler
A pretty good book with some fairly interesting information in it a bit heavy in parts with the statistics though.
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He is a professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University. He is also the director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal center for Muslim-Christian understanding at Georgetown University.

Esposito was raised a Roman Catholic in an Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City, and spent a decade in a Catholic monastery. After taking his first degree he worked as a manage...more
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