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Islam Between East and West [Paperback]

Alija 'Ali Izetbegovic
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1 Jan 1984
Islam between east and west is not a book of theology, it deal with dogmas, institutions and teachings of Islam with the aim of establishing the place of Islam in the general spectrum of ideas.

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  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: American Trust Publications; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Jan 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892591390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892591398
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Impressive Study of Man's Needs 31 Jan 2011
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This is a heady distillation of intellectual Muslim thought, demonstrating the kind of man Izetbegovic was. I once gave this book to my father (an agnostic) who said, "He's so intelligent it's scary." Islam Between East and West is a modern treatise on cultures and civilization which attempts to show how so many philosophies have failed to give human beings what they need. Izetbegovic is no coward, and he makes strong assertions: "Every culture is theistic in its essence; every civilization is atheistic." By differentiating between culture and civilization, he shows the difference between critically analytical Islamic thought ( a throwback to the Golden Age of Muslim philosophers) and the Christian turning of "the human spirit in upon itself" (witness the convents and monasteries betokening the negation of worldly life). Izetbegovic argues that the Islamic ideal offers firm middle ground between Christianity, which focuses on the spirit, and Judaism, which "represents the 'this-world' tendency." In support of the latter assertion, he writes, "The Jews have never entirely accepted the idea of immortality. . . . The Kingdom of God which the Jews were predicting before Jesus' appearance was to materialize on earth, not in heaven as the Christians believed." This, then, apparently explains why the Jewish nation has tended to focus on external progress: "It seems as if they have been constantly migrating from a civilization on the wane to one on the rise."

Izetbegovic was the farthest thing from a fundamentalist, royalist, or nomad,which in some part explains the tepid interest of the Saudi government when he approached it during the Bosnian War, when Serbs began killing hordes of Caucasian Bosnian Muslims who looked (to the Arabs) more like Westerners than Muslims.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Izetbegovic's magnum opus 25 Mar 2000
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I loved reading this splendid title and would recommend it to anyone.

A continental bestseller, it was hailed by the British author Asad Yawar as "the most enlightening book to have been published in Europe in the 1980s ... a must read."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging magnum opus 20 Nov 1999
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..'Islam Between East and West' is a comprehensive study of leading world views and establishes the place of Islam as a dominant ideological force. The powerful sweep of its logic gives the reader an invigorating sense of the beauty and universality of Islam. Alija Ali Izetbegovic wrote this astonishingly integrated analysis of the human condition while struggling against Communist/Serbian control. Essential reading for Muslim and non-Muslim alike.
Author's Biography: Alija A. Izetbegovich was born on August 8, 1925 in a renowned Muslim family. Educated in Sarajevo, he got his degrees in law, arts and science. He was imprisoned twice by the communist government of Yugoslavia. Izetbegovich was elected president of Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina in November 1990.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Islam Between East and West: An Examination of Man's Needs 31 Jan 2011
By Julia L. Simpsonurrutia - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a heady distillation of intellectual Muslim thought, demonstrating the kind of man Izetbegovic was. I once gave this book to my father (an agnostic) who said, "He's so intelligent it's scary." Islam Between East and West is a modern treatise on cultures and civilization which attempts to show how so many philosophies have failed to give human beings what they need. Izetbegovic is no coward, and he makes strong assertions: "Every culture is theistic in its essence; every civilization is atheistic." By differentiating between culture and civilization, he shows the difference between critically analytical Islamic thought ( a throwback to the Golden Age of Muslim philosophers) and the Christian turning of "the human spirit in upon itself" (witness the convents and monasteries betokening the negation of worldly life). Izetbegovic argues that the Islamic ideal offers firm middle ground between Christianity, which focuses on the spirit, and Judaism, which "represents the 'this-world' tendency." In support of the latter assertion, he writes, "The Jews have never entirely accepted the idea of immortality. . . . The Kingdom of God which the Jews were predicting before Jesus' appearance was to materialize on earth, not in heaven as the Christians believed." This, then, apparently explains why the Jewish nation has tended to focus on external progress: "It seems as if they have been constantly migrating from a civilization on the wane to one on the rise."

Izetbegovic was the farthest thing from a fundamentalist, royalist, or nomad,which in some part explains the tepid interest of the Saudi government when he approached it during the Bosnian War, when Serbs began machine gunning hordes of Caucasian Bosnian Muslims (in front of pits--the educated first) who looked (to the Arabs) more like Westerners than Muslims. He had a secular education and later got involved in activism and then politics.

Izetbegovic does not ignore the East: the exclusive preoccupation with this world as evinced in socialism, communism, fascism, etc.with materialism shows how if religion, by itself, does not necessarily lead to progress, "science does not lead to humanism and in principle has nothing in common with culture."

Izetbegovic defines culture as "the art of being man," while civilization is "the art of functioning, ruling, making things perfect." Both are indispensable, he says: "Civilization educates; culture enlightens."

He explains education as something that makes human beings more capable but not freer, better, or more human. In many ways, he contends, the progress of education has made mankind less happy, if longer lived. He points out that man has the propensity to grow in nobility specifically when faced with adversity, yet science treats man as an animal, and that is why psychology is an accepted science in a material world. But in a scientific world, there can be no equality or brotherhood--that is only possible when we accept that man is created by God. The equality of human beings is spiritual and not a natural, physical or intellectual fact.

Izetbegovic uses art as proof of the existence of the soul--it matters not that the artist himself should be a believer in God. His argument? Art, he offers, is a spiritual rather than material act; the flip side to this argument is that "A human being is not the sum of his different biological functions, just like a painting cannot be reduced to the quantity of paint used." This book proves that in our modern time, there have been exceedingly erudite Muslim thinkers, far from the inflexible psychosis of fundamentalism.

Julia Simpson Urrutia, author of Under a Crescent Moon: Stories of Arabia, available on Amazon Kindle. She also cowrites a writers' blog at [...]
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking! 10 Mar 2004
By Kathy_7 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a deep and thought-provoking book that ponders upon the concept of morality, religion and Islam. It addresses intellectually the parallelism or variance of various concepts such as culture, science, civilisation, art and inherent logic with religion and Islam.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Islam Between East and West 26 Mar 2004
By H. Nekrawesh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of the best books i've read and every page of it has been educational for me. i hope every one enjoys it as much as i did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very deep and thoughtful 26 Feb 2014
By ahmed - Published on Amazon.com
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This is very interesting and worth to read book. I red it twice and still I feel I need to read it more. It is not a call for Islam book, nor a book to prove the superiority of Islam, it is a book about the life and how we should look to it. It is a journey through different schools of thoughts, where it shows where the humanity failed and where it succeeded. Be prepared for reading it, as it is no easy reading.
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it you won't be disappointed 15 Feb 2014
By f.alraslany - Published on Amazon.com
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I had this book for a long time but I didn't read it because I thought I had an idea what he is going to talk about just from looking at the title of the book. I was so wrong, I finished reading it this morning. Oh .. Man .. It's not what I thought, it's completely different than the title of the book. This book is good for all it's not writing for Muslims only nor to spread the word about Islam. It's a deep understanding of our life and mind sets. Read it you won't be disappointed
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