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Islam by Karen Armstrong
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"The West must learn to recongnise the Muslim's right to live their religion and, if they choose, to incorporate the Islamic ideal in their polity. They have to appreciate that there is more than one way of life. Variety benefits the whole world. God gave human beings the right and ability to choose, and some may opt for a religious way of life - including an Islamic state- while other prefer the secular ideal."

This book is only about 200 pages, but the first 150 were a real mission to get through - endless historical narrative that would have been better placed in some history textbook. It's in the last 50 pages that Armstrong's brilliance in understanding the religious predicaments of our time comes shining through. There is a also brilliant section on fundamentalism at the end that had me rethink my perspective on 9/11.


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