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Blaming Islam

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Why fears about Muslim integration into Western society--propagated opportunistically by some on the right--misread history and misunderstand multiculturalism.

In the United States and in Europe, politicians, activists, and even some scholars argue that Islam is incompatible with Western values and that we put ourselves at risk if we believe that Muslim immigrants can integ
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Hardcover, 121 pages
Published 2012 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press
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Fang
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Respectable efforts from an anthropologist's perspective to put Islam back in a broader historical context than what our contemporaries are most attuned to--the ongoing everyday life, in hope of clearing some misapprehensions that have been unjustly imposed on the more reasonable of the Islamic group, which the author tries to help us see are as many as there are in any other religious groups.

My problem is I can more easily draw a fatalistic conclusion following the anthropologists' argument th
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Nisveta
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
A short read that proves to be just the beginning of a conversation. Bowen highlights how his perspective is to uncover myths about Muslims.
Lou Rocama
I consider it a bad sign when my first thought about a book is "This guy would not have passed basic college composition." While the bits I could follow were moderately interesting, they were unfortunately drowned in a sea of florid prose that sounded very scholarly but failed utterly at comprehensibility. I managed to figure out some of the flood through intent consideration, though not all, and I gave up about a third of the way through when I found myself thinking "Is it worth my time to fin ...more
Abdulmalik
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Critical, insightful and enjoyable read. Along with any book by Richard Bulliet, this book by Bowen is the best rebuttal to Huntington's Clash of Civilisation theory...clash of civilisation what clash? so hilarious as this book clearly shows! I don't know how some people intelligence would lead them to write something like 'accusing Muslim immigrants of lowering the intelligence of German society!' So funny and the funnier is those who take such statement as a fact!
Agnieszka Stolarczyk
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Easy to read but missing a more in-depth analysis why Europe has so many problems with dealing with immigration. However, at the beginning it was thought to be only an article about why the "multiculturalism" is not working in Europe and, therefore, it should be considered as a good start for a more detailed discussion on the mentioned issues.
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Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A good read for anyone interested in the issue of sharia in the west
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Some good information and analysis. Mostly based on Europe. Short and easy to finish
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