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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for courage in tackling something so complex and heated, 11 July 2012
This review is from: The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (Paperback)
I remember Mr Ali as an activist, a man who appeared to have the guts to take on issues and challenge the mainstream thinking in politics. Not an easy companion, not always right but worth hearing the discussion. In looking at the reviews of this book there was a certain predictability of responses. Not much in the we need to understand what is happening across the globe currently and to face some less palatable facts face on. Such as do we want to coexist in a world where the rights of women and children and those of differing opinions are invalidated to the extent of being brutalised. Fundamentalism is fundamentilism regardless of the creed. Brutalisation of people's basic rights is that no matter how it is dressed. In Australia it is how Anglo Australia confronts Aboriginal rights, how we engage in the debate on "boat people" and the many migrant groups recently taking root in this country. So, I found this book thought provoking because it challenged the bigger picture often controlled by one aspect of the debate (such as Murdoch and our middle of the road, self serving political leaders). Although I do not agree with everything Mr Ali has to say, I enjoyed that he made me think and at times uncomfortably so. As for lacking answers. I think there is. Make no mistake liberalistaion in the sense of achieving emancipation and achieving basic human rights across the globe is the enemy of fundamentilism and of consumerism (the modern face of capital). Is it a worthy aim to say that the rights of women, children, the vulnerable are as important for people where-ever they are in the globe, under whatever system political or religious. I think it is, and this book left me with the impression, so is Mr Ali.
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