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The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis by [Reilly, Robert R.]
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Robert R. Reilly is a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and has written for the "Wall Street Journal," the "Washington Post," "Reader s Digest," and "National Review," among many other publications. A former director of the Voice of America, he has taught at the National Defense University and served in the White House and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Reilly is a member of the board of the Middle East Media Research Institute and lives near Washington, D.C."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 823 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute (8 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JBRUKZS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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This is an admirable book, a real eye-opener, and one which should be read by anyone who has found themselves aghast at, and uncomprehending of, acts of Islamist terror. Reilly reveals the tragedy of Sunni Muslim history, in which the eminently reasonable and rational Mutazilite mode of thinking was, in the ninth century, eclipsed by Asharism. The latter posited no cause and effect relationships in the natural world. Thus, the falling of an apple from a tree was likely attributed to the direct and perpetual actions of God rather than anything akin to, or prescient of, a law of gravity. With reason vanquished, into the vacuum stepped a Nietzsche-like Allah, whose power was perceived as limitless and arbitrary, and the Arab world sank into a backward and ossified epistemology, one hostile to the progressive West.
The author is to be commended on his lucid writing, in which some quite complex concepts are made accessible, and for casting light on the mental machinations of those whose ideology, a religious totalitarianism, now augurs ill for us all. In the twentieth century, Europe suffered under the yoke of fascism and communism. Our continent, and the wider world, now face a new and equally chilling threat. The Closing Of The Muslim Mind is indeed a book for our times, and one which Western leaders would do well to consult as they attempt, often naively, to grapple with radical Islam.
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A fantastic book that I couldn't recommend highly enough. For a long time I had considered myself to be very knowledgeable about the subjects discussed such as the Muslim belief in the Koran being the word of God and the consequent problems. However this book has revealed many many new thing to me such as the early conflicts within Islam over this issue and its philosophical consequences such as the rise and decline of Islamic science. I read this book as an atheist however by at all times contrasting Islamic belief with Christianity a really effective device has been found to emphasise the importance and historical impact of the beliefs at stake. 5 stars and more
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My only criticism is that the book seems nervous when it comes to pointing out that aggression and violence at the centre of Islam, not only in its texts but also in the life of Muhammed himself, is an inescapable bane within the faith.

If you have read my predecessors rather indepth review I would urge you to ignore statements that seem oddly pro-protestant, stating progress beyond Catholic countries, flying in the face of the renaissance,the first modern empire - Spain, the French, Austro-Hungarian etc. The rather prejudiced Anglo view of history does not warrant the three stars (I am not Catholic by the way). It is a thoroughly good read with lots of interesting ideas and facts for those looking to explain some of the motivations in the Islamic world.
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Well written, convincingly documented survey of the the road to philosophical and civilizational rigor mortis of the islamic World and its inhabitants.
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every muslim should read it
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