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The Failure of Political Islam by Olivier Roy
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Aug 02, 2010

it was amazing
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The one review of this book on this site does not do it justice. Hence, this is my take: This book is perhaps the best statement and explanation on why Islamism as a political tool has failed miserably. Far from being rooted in the Islamic scholarly tradition, political Islam is a reactionary movement whose ideological philosophy is rooted in Marxism and the violent revolutionary program that gave so much expression to the Independence Movements during the 50s, 60s and 70s. Though I do not agree with 100% of Olivier Roy's conclusions, the book nonetheless is a must read for anyone interested in global politics and the role that Islam is blamed for playing in global terrorism. Far from being the consequences of the teachings of a 7th century Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), it is more of a case of chickens and roosting. Daniel Pipes hates the book. That has to count for something... The fact that critics of the book cannot see how September 11th proves the authors thesis only demonstrates that when people have made up their minds, facts mean absolutely nothing. I would highly recommend that this book be read in conjunction with Imperial Hubris and War at the Top of the World. I am a Muslim and I do not disagree with the author. Not all Orientalists are bad.
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Observe1337 Actually, it is quite heavily rooted in Islamic scholarly tradition and if you bothered to do your research instead of sitback like the armchair pseudo-intellectual you are than you might know more about your religion. God you secularists make me sick. Orientalism is a terrible Western liberal conception and i fear you have already made up your position based on whatever fallacious jumps of logic you've made.


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