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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing, Global and Personal
This book is no easy read but lays bare the roots and causes of much of the friction between the militant Islamic world and the West covering the global situation as well as Pakistan. It does not pull any punches on either side and sites history and Koranic quotation to back its statements. It is still a tragedy that Benazir Bhutto is not able to put her common sense and...
Published on 16 Sep 2010 by Oldbolter

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit difficult to get into the book, but a very good one
The book started very interesting. I loved the part about different countries in the world, Islamic and non-Islamic, common parts and common mistakes. Then, it diverted totally to Pakistan, of which I don't have enough information. However, the last 2 chapters were challenging for me. Too many names, dates, incidents, small details. To say the truth, I lost myself totally...
Published on 21 May 2011 by Melike


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5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing, Global and Personal, 16 Sep 2010
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This book is no easy read but lays bare the roots and causes of much of the friction between the militant Islamic world and the West covering the global situation as well as Pakistan. It does not pull any punches on either side and sites history and Koranic quotation to back its statements. It is still a tragedy that Benazir Bhutto is not able to put her common sense and reconciliation thoughts into practice on the global arena, her life having been cut short by a still unexplained political assassination.

I would strongly recommend that those of us in the west who wish to try to understand read this book and consider - stick with it as it is well worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A solution to bridge the widening gap between west and Muslim world, 3 Mar 2013
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I liked this book because it has a detailed account on the current diplomatic relations of the west with the Muslim world. Benazir Bhutto looks different while reading her views on the role of the west especially US and Britain which according to her has never been fair towards developing world and Muslim countries. She criticizes the west for their double standards over democracy in the world. She held responsible western powers of supporting the dictatorships and tyrannies in Muslim world especially Pakistan. Benazir has also challenged the thesis of clash of civilization by Samuel Huntington and termed it a self serving prophecy which does not correspond to the actual causes of the world crises. She has also criticized the political Islam theorists Syed Abul Ala Maududi of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan and Syed Qutub of Muslim Brotherhood Egypt and held them partially responsible of extremism in Muslim world. Benazir has also given practical solutions to chasm the gap between west and Muslim world especially developing countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Indonesia. In her view poverty and illiteracy breed extremism in society, if rich countries would have used their resources to alleviate poverty and had not supported dictatorship than the world would be a different place. She has also suggested to use the tool of public diplomacy to have the better relation ship between west and Muslim world. This book is worth reading. It focuses on the burning issues of extremism and terrorism faced by the world in 21st century.
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK, 18 Sep 2011
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D. J. Andrews "David Andrews" (Keele, UK) - See all my reviews
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The book sets out, from Bhutto's perspective, the current state of many Islamic countries and their relations to the west. It is well researched and the arguments are clear. In short this book adds to the understanding of the modern world and is a good one to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit difficult to get into the book, but a very good one, 21 May 2011
This review is from: Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy and the West (Paperback)
The book started very interesting. I loved the part about different countries in the world, Islamic and non-Islamic, common parts and common mistakes. Then, it diverted totally to Pakistan, of which I don't have enough information. However, the last 2 chapters were challenging for me. Too many names, dates, incidents, small details. To say the truth, I lost myself totally in the last 2 chapters. Yet, it was an amazing book and I really appreciate Bhutto for all the things she did for her country and for the others.
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