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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand
Efraim Karsh makes a compelling case that the internal history of the Islamic world is one of imperialist conflicts. Despite Muhammad's admonition, Muslim fought Muslim more often than he fought crusader, and the crusades were a parochial event. But the same case of unremitting conflict could be made for Christendom, and most other parts of the world for most of...
Published on 10 July 2009 by Mr. P. W. Bishop

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A very one sided book, which included a lot of mis-interpreted Quotes from Quran and Hadith taken out of context. The book was very one sided and quite anti- Muslim, a disappointing read and insight on muslim aggression towards the west and other faiths. Provides not much of a view on the majority of law biding muslims, who have never done, or will ever intend on doing...
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand, 10 July 2009
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Mr. P. W. Bishop (Manchester, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Islamic Imperialism: A History (Paperback)
Efraim Karsh makes a compelling case that the internal history of the Islamic world is one of imperialist conflicts. Despite Muhammad's admonition, Muslim fought Muslim more often than he fought crusader, and the crusades were a parochial event. But the same case of unremitting conflict could be made for Christendom, and most other parts of the world for most of history. Any history of fourteen centuries in 250 pages is going to look like it is nothing but wars. One would need much more social history to give a corrected picture.

The difficulty is to know what we may learn for contemporary policy. This history of the Middle East is most easily applied in continuity to the conflict between Israel and its neighbours. Karsh argues that the surrounding nations merely wish to carve up the spoils both of a defeated Israel and of Palestine; that they in no wise recognise a Palestinian nation, nor have at heart the welfare of the Palestinian people.

Showing that the history of the House of Islam is largely one of internal conflict is quite different from obtaining insight as to Islam's current intentions towards the rest of the world. I am unsure how the former helps us understand the latter. The obvious reading of Karsh's view is that, just as it never was united, so the Dar al-Islam will never unite in confrontation with the West, will never find the internal peace to direct its energies to world domination.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth about Islamic agression and imperialism, 9 Mar 2009
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In a perverse inversion of truth, leftwing opinion-makers have in Orwellian fashion tarred those resisting Islamic imperialism, with the brush of 'imperialism' themselves. And thus, instead of the vast Islamic Empire from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, correctly labelled as imperialist, those outposts that resist being forced into Islamic domination, such as the tiny Jewish State of Israel, have themselves been branded falsely and maliciously as 'imperialists' as well as 'fascists', 'colonialists', 'racists' etc and every other leftist catchword of abuse.
Ephraim Karsh challenges head on the notion that has been falsely sewn by left wing academicians and spin doctors that Islamic terror is "an understandable and unavoidable response to American arrogance and self-serving foreign policy."
He refutes the narrow minded and perverted left wing dogma that imperialism can only be a western phenomenon, and that Muslim extremists can only be victims of imperialism.
Karsh , an Israeli, comes from the nation that is today one of the primary victims of Islamic aggression, and of it's howling cheerleaders of the international left.

In fact, Karsh demonstrates that it is the Middle East where the institution of Empire not only originated (eg Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Iran and so on) but that imperialism in the middle east has actually outlived it's European counterpart.
Karsh illustrates how Islam is in inherently imperialist- "In the long history of Islamic empire, the wide gap between delusions of grandeur and centrifugal forces of localism would be bridged time and time gain by force of arms making violence a key element of political Islamic culture to date."

Karsh begins by tracing Mohammed's actions including his elimination of the Jewish presence in Medina and his violent conquest of the Jewish community of Khaibar and their subjection to dhimmi status, thus laying the ground for what would become the common arrangement of domination by Muslims of their non-Muslim neighbours.
The author explains the harsh rule and apartheid of dhimmitude- the indignities and servitude suffered by minorities such as Jews and Christians under this system.

In covering the history of Islamic imperialism from the time of Mohamed until today, Karsh covers the many atrocities visited upon non-Muslim minorities in the Islamic empires. These include the Madahbih al Sitting massacres of Christians in Damascus and Lebanon in 1860 of which the Maronites still speak bitterly of today, the brutal suppression of the Ottomans during the 19th century of their Greek subjects. and the horrific Armenian genocide of 1915-1916 by the Turks in which around 800 000 Armenians were slaughtered and and thousands of Armenian women and girls sold by the Turks into slavery.

The author traces the Arab-Jewish conflict over the Land of Israel to the perception by the Arab rulers that the Jewish National Movement commonly known as Zionism was a threat to the resurgent Arab imperial dream. As Karsh points out "Palestine" was not perceived as distinct and deserving of national self-determination but an integral part of the regional Arab order of which no element should be conceded at any cost."

The author reveals the truth that the conflict is in fact and always has been between Jewish national self-determination and Arab imperialism, "Palestine" being recognized by the local Arabs as Southern Syria in 1948.
The author go's on to trace the roles in Arab/Islamic imperialist ambition of it's historic kingpins such as the Nazi-inspired Hassan Banna Gamel Abdel Nasser, Yasser Arafat, the Ayatollah Kohmeini and the would be Hitler, Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
This book traces the truth of Islamic imperial aggression and the roots of today's conflict of Islam against Israel and the free world.
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51 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent guide, 11 May 2008
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The so called University student above is incorrect, the authors handling of the Koran is accurate and in keeping with Islamic mainstream teaching throughout Islamic history. This book sobers one from the drunken stupor the West is in concerning the true nature of Islam.
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81 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The importance of Charles Martel, Don John of Austria and Jan Sobieski, 22 Oct 2006
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Islamic Imperialism: A History (Paperback)
This opus magnum is a powerful antidote to decades of fraudulent post-modernist "scholarship" by people like inter alia Edward Said, that sought to demonise the West and exalt the so-called "Other."

Karsh chronicles the imperial ambitions of Islam from its 7th century beginning to its manifestations in the 21st century. The end of the Ottoman Empire after World War I halted imperialist designs by the established state. The struggle was then taken up by ideologues like Hassan al-Banna and Sayyid Qutb, whence organizations like Hamas and Al-Qaeda draw their inspiration.

Besides terror tactics, other means of furthering the religion's expansionist aims are demographic increase through emigration to Europe and high birthrates, and using the West's self-destructive creed of multiculturalism to steadily erode our freedom and undermine our societies.

This may be witnessed today in Europe where the situation has become so alarming thet even the Pope has noticed. The rapid unfolding of events is forming a pattern that cannot be ignored: The Madrid and London bombings, the murder of Theo van Gogh, the Danish cartoon uproar, the low-level French Intifada. These events are well-known, but most people are unaware of the constant outpouring of hatred for Christians and Jews through the Arab state-controlled media.

The first part of the book studies Islamic history up to the 20th century whilst the second part deals with the last 100 years. It includes discussions of the Ummayyads, Abbasids, Fatimids, Seljuks, Mameluks, Sassanids and Ottomans. It has been said: "It's not what we do, but what we are." The author reveals that the root cause of jihad is the tradition and teaching of Islam. Three expansionist thrusts down the ages were stopped by Charles Martel, Don John of Austria and Jan Sobieski.

Amongst the many clarifications in this valuable work are the persistent Islamic yearning for the reconquest of Spain, Nasser's Pan-Arabism as a phase of the imperial dream, why the entire non-Muslim world is called Dar al-Harb (The House of War), how the much maligned crusades were attempts to halt the imperial advance and liberate the holy places of Christendom and how little sympathy Arab regimes have for the Palestinians, and the fact that they view Israel as a colonial extension of the West.

The author concludes that conditions for ordinary Arabs and Muslims would only improve once their political elites abandon all Pan-Arab and Pan-Islamic aspirations and allow the religion to become a private faith. There are no indications of any such tendency. In fact it seems that Europe's homegrown but alienated immigrant communities are becoming more militant, fed on a stream of hatred by the imams and the state media of the Arab autocracies.

Although a scholarly work, the narrative of Islamic Imperialism is lucid and engaging. I also recommend Dream Palace Of The Arabs by Fouad Ajami, Menace in Europe by Claire Berlinski, While Europe Slept by Bruce Bawer, Because They Hate by Brigitte Gabriel and Londonistan by Melanie Phillips.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Islamic Imperialism, 1 May 2008
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S. P. Jones "Basilthefirst" (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Islamic Imperialism: A History (Paperback)
An excellent and informative read. Can't recommend it highly enough and an antidote to all the self loathing books produced by western academics over the last few decades.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A change of perspective, 10 Mar 2009
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Yuval Brandstetter "the BigB" (Lehavim Israel) - See all my reviews
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What E Karsh does is place the whole Islamic and Islamist enterprise in a whole new category. Not really new, but one that is not even considered by the MSM, and MSA (Main Stream Media and Main Stream Academia). Simply put, Karsh shows that Islamism is a religious window-dressing to that most basic human drive, the drive to dominate. Whereas the West has essentially given up on this need, sometimes to a fault, Islam is still in the empire-building mode, not by merit but by force, using religious precepts as justification. Islam therefore is not the proverbial Other down-trodden by Western imperialism, an Otherness which must be given slack to express itself, but rather it is an insatiable conqueror who will inflict itself and dominate the vanquished no remorse need by shown thank you very much. Karsh enumerates the success and failure of islamic empire-building and shows a pattern by which one can and should interpret Islam's deeds and misdeeds (from the Armenian Genocide to the Iranian Atomics pointing at Israel)now and in the future. By eliminating the chaff of "orientalism" and the rest of the smokescreen thrown by Imperialistic Islam Karsh goes to the grain and shows the West what it must do in order to rebuff the latest assault now converting Europe into Eurabia, and Western resolve and values to ashes and Sharia.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great piece of scholarship and history, 27 Dec 2011
It seems somewhat sad that this excellent book's fate will be. On the one hand it will be used for political partisanism and mud slinging, on the other it will be totally ignored and defamed by Muslims and their western apologists. I don't know what Mr.Karsh's motive was behind this book. I suspect it was perhaps as much a way to justify Israel given his previous work on the subject. In all honesty though, given how greatly scholarly it is and how truthful, I feel it is stil a great book. It truly does put to silence many of those who argue exclusively about western Imperialism and those who defend Islam as a peaceful religion, it's terrorism being only a reaction to western intervention and furthermore a mis-interpretation of the Q'uran. It is a work of history and intellect, not a half-baked polemnic by some other authors, indeed as Karsh himself has at times produced. Because of this I have researched some of his claims, most of which have largely checked out. I therefore give this a five star for being scholarly, shedding of new light and a great piece of history.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Islam in the light of Middle-Eastern History, 21 Dec 2009
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A sharp, sobering and thorough critique of Islam's proselytes & acolytes throughout a history pock-marked with violence and oppression, together with an accompanying justification for such conduct that western europeans especially have been inculcated to ascribe with bitter self-loathing towards their own respective national identities/heritage.

This should become a seminal work, countering islamogetics with a compelling argument that formally re-assesses the phenomenon of Islam.
Unreservedly recommended.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apartheid, Dhimitude and Ethnic cleansing under islam, 11 July 2011
This review is from: Islamic Imperialism: A History (Paperback)
This excellent work allows one to understand the imperialistic and intolerant side to islam.

Islam is not only intolerant, it was relatively tolerant in relation to christian europe until recently, but the hard facts are there, that islam is intolerant of other religions that are to be crushed unless christian or jewish. jews and christians could pay a special tax and where special clothes to keep them apart from 'true' believers.

The murder and expulsion of the jews from Medina is the first example of ethnic cleansing under the moslems and set the tone for any people that would not submit to dhimitude thereafter.

The jews of mandatory Palestine were a case in point, whereby they were attacked repeatedly in pogroms in the 1920's with massacres of jews happening in Jaffa, Safed, Hebron and Jerusalem. In 1947 hundreds of jews were killed by arab mobs in the kibbutzim in the Hebron area.

Christianity has come of age and nowadays is on the whole tolerant of other faiths. Hopefully islam will do likewise one day.
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15 of 86 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ..., 30 Mar 2008
A very one sided book, which included a lot of mis-interpreted Quotes from Quran and Hadith taken out of context. The book was very one sided and quite anti- Muslim, a disappointing read and insight on muslim aggression towards the west and other faiths. Provides not much of a view on the majority of law biding muslims, who have never done, or will ever intend on doing harm others. Or on those who have been born, raised, educated in Europe like myself, and thousands like me, who do not hate but have been taught tolerance and respect towards other faiths.

For better reading and a much better understanding of Islam I recommend, Women Embracing Islam: Gender and Conversion in the West - Karin Van Nieuwkerk

People of the Book: The Forgotten History of Islam and the West - Zachary Karabell

Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet by Karen Armstrong

What Islam Did For Us: Understanding Islam's Contribution to Western Civilization - Tim Wallace-Murphy
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