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Graham E. Fuller
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3 May 2012

What if Islam never existed? To some, it's a comforting thought: no clash of civilizations, no holy wars, no terrorists.

But what if that weren't the case at all? In A WORLD WITHOUT ISLAM, Graham E. Fuller guides us along an illuminating journey through history, geopolitics and religion to investigate whether or not Islam is indeed the cause of some of today's most emotional and important international crises. Fuller takes us from the birth of Islam to the fall of Rome to the rise and collapse of the Ottoman Empire. He examines and analyzes the roots of terrorism, the conflict in Israel and the role of Islam in supporting and energizing the anti-imperial struggle. Provocatively, he finds that contrary to the claims of many politicians, thinkers, theologians and soldiers, a world without Islam might not look vastly different from what we know today.

Filled with fascinating details and counterintuitive conclusions, A WORLD WITHOUT ISLAM is certain to inspire debate and reshape the way we think about Islam's relationship with the West.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Back Bay (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316201065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316201063
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(A World Without Islam) is a needed corrective, a sober call not to settle for historical pabulum and instead recall a past and recognise a present that is far more complicated and layered than any polemic would have us believe -- Zachary Karabell Los Angeles Times Well reasoned...Fuller's book is indeed a useful corrective. -- Ishaan Tharoor Time Another must read by one of the most thought-provoking writers on Islam and the Middle East -- Reza Aslan, Author Of No God But God And Beyond Fundamentalism A tour de force by one of the foremost authorities on Global Muslim politics -- John L Esposito, Author Of The Future Of Islam

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A brilliant and provocative thought experiment that imagines a world in which Islam never existed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book lots of informations 23 Mar 2014
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This book should be compulsory education at schools. Lots of facts about the early development of the church. Clear explanation of the eternal east wast conflict
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5.0 out of 5 stars New 25 Nov 2013
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À nnew perspective and well researched. Recommend it to the academics of course but more so to the ignorant general public.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book 22 Mar 2013
By Sana
A must read I really enjoyed the book it seems a perfect response to Huntingtons so called flawed thesis of clash of civilisation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A world with only Islam 10 Aug 2012
By D Walls
The title could have been turned upside down: "A world with only Islam". Would we then have a David Hume, John Lock, Hobbes, Rousseau, and Montesquieu - philosophers whom so much influenced and inspired the growth of Western secular democracy? Would we have a Sigmund Freud or Nietzsche? Would we have a Max Weber or Durkheim? Would we have youth uprising in the 60'ties, Beatles, Bob Dylan and Woodstock? Would we have any critical movements towards authoritarian thoughts and patriarchal ideologies?

The book is interesting, addressing essential historical facts, especially with regard to Orthodox Christianity, Byzantines and also Russia's relations to the western world. It also gives a relatively decent account of the situation India and China. However, it forgets to mention e.g. the Muslim invasion of western India in the 9th and 10th century and the destruction of Hindu temples and shrines there which still is remembered by the Indian Hindu majority today. At the same time, the book fits into the flood of literature apologizing Islam and blaming the West (which of course in many ways are justified). But, does not the idea of Islam create a view of life and a mindset that differs from other religions and worldviews? If it does, is it only the rest of the world to blame when conflicts occur? Would the conflicts in the Middle East have been the same if the people of the region had been converted to Buddhism or Hinduism? And - when the Islamic armies conquered a large part of the world, rule and collect the taxes from the local people, it is called growth of a great civilisation. When Europe does the same, it is called colonialism.

The weakness of the book is that it does not acknowledge how ideas shape the course of history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A World without Islam 7 Feb 2012
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This is one of the most important document written on the subject of the relationship of Islam and the west. The historical facts are educational. I think it should be included in the curriculum at schools for education of both muslims and christians .
the rest of world religions could also learn from it. It is easy to read and follow through. The book is not anti islam as the title might imply.
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