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on 24 July 2012
"False Prophets" functions mostly as a polemical introduction to the various proponents of the "Clash of Civilizations" thesis, and places the (in)famous argument into a historical and political context; Bonney strives to expose the biases and partisan affiliations of those involved, from Bernard Lewis to Daniel Pipes, and is often successful in his attacks. As such, the book does a good job of setting the scene for the debate, even if it doesn't tend to tackle the specific issues discussed in the debate at any great length.

Aside form this work, the author has written another book that focuses specifically on the topic of Jihad. These two works complement each other well. Granted, even combining these two books together would not provide the reader with a comprehensive response to the CoC thesis; nonetheless, the reader will still come away knowing a great deal more pertinent information than they would likely find elsewhere. Some conservative readers might be tempted to dismiss this book out of hand, due to its prominent left-leaning slant. That would be a shame, because Bonney's work deserves far more consideration and acknowledgement than it will probably receive.

In short, this book is a very useful and unusual contribution to one of the most heated discussions in recent times. Read it and judge for yourself.
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