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The Crisis of Islamic Civilization Hardcover – 27 Mar 2009

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1st Edition edition (27 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300139314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300139310
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 512,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... a wide-ranging, readable and endlessly thought-provoking essay." -- Scotsman, 18th May 2009

"...an engaged work, diagnostic and...prescriptive...to enrich our contemporary debate about religion in the public sphere." -- Sajjad H Rizvi, The Middle East in London, July-August 2009

"As elegant and erudite as one might expect, this book makes a vital contribution to this most vexed of subjects."
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Though similar books have been written on Islam's civilizational crisis, not least of which emanate from the pen of Bernard Lewis, and a few other contemporary scholars of Islam, Dr Ali A Allawi's piece is a breath of fresh air in this crowded genre, not least of which is due to his more in depth understanding of the subject matter, and the broader range of his analysis.
What this book is not, is a diatribe on Western Imperialism, or any other kind of foreign involvement in Muslim countries. Though the book does feature such discussions, Allawi takes the reader through numerous examples of how Islam as a civilization, not as a faith, has come loose of its moorings.
In Allawi's analysis, Islam is not simply a faith practiced individually or amongst communities, rather it is a way of life and worldview, with organizational answers to many aspects of life. These, according to Allawi, have been lost, and the attempts of Wahabbis, Salafists, or other aspects of what Allawi terms "the Islamic revolt" do not provide the answer, rather they exacerbate the problem.
Allawi often alludes to the Sharia as the organizing aspect of Islamic civilization, a word that is undoubtedly loaded and misunderstood. Rather than being a penal code with draconian punishments, the Sharia as understood by Allawi, is a complete system governing community relations, science, art, architecture, and many other areas that are in decline within the Islamic world.
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Well written and researched with interesting eclectic approaches to recent history and contemporary problems facing Muslims and Islam. The book is slightly generous on the narrative but still very informative. I found it immensely enjoyable to read and was indeed educational on the reformers of the 19th and 20th century. The critical analysis put forward is balanced and well founded. Highly recommended.
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The Crisis of Islamic Civilisation
Ali A. Allawi

This is an extremely well researched and precisely argued contribution to contemporary debate on the crisis which has shaped the evolution of Islam, particularly over recent decades. Its strength lies both in the author's prodigious and fascinating account of the cultural, historical and political factors that form the context for this crisis and the refreshingly progressive political stand he adopts.
As a democratic socialist with a keen developing interest in Islamic studies, the sophistication of Ali Allawi's discourse is very much appreciated. Here, at last is a writer who provides a cogent argument that Islam has within it the seeds that will ensure the survival of the religion in a progressive form in the modern world, if only they are allowed to flourish. The Crisis of Islamic Civilisation is a heroic undertaking, given the breadth and depth of the subject matter, but the author retains impressive control of the material throughout the book. There is much here to be absorbed and it is set out in a way that is constantly thought provoking and intriguing. Highly recommended.
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Really enjoyed the book. Good research, analysis and very well written. The author does not always give away everything he would like to say, trying to encourage you to analyse things further to see the wider puctire.
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