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The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity
The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity
by Tariq Ali
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 3 Feb. 2004
"Clash of Fundamentalisms" is a particularly well written and informative analysis of both types of extremism most prevalent in the world today - namely US led imperialism and religious fundamentalism. The erudite Ali is at his best during his commentary of the India-Pakistan partition and also the horrific US instigated shift of power in Indonesia from the nationalist Soekarno to the brutal military dictatorship of Suharto. In addition to analysis of current events, Ali provides an educational insight into the history and culture of Islam, and also women's role within the religion. The only negative comment is that the book can occasionally be slightly difficult in these sections where Ali is providing a detailed historical commentary.
Overall this is a fascinating and relevant book which should provide an interesting alternative to the work of Pilger etc.

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