- Hardcover: 442 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1st Edition edition (1 Oct. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1573922471
- ISBN-13: 978-1573922470
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 789,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries Hardcover – 1 Oct 1998
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Paul Fregosi (Sydney, Australia), born in Marseilles and educated in Britain, is the author of the widely praised Dreams of Empire: Napoleon and the First World War 1792-1815.
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Paul Fregosi argues that Islam got there first. There was a sort of peaceful slumber at the beginning of the 7th century. The Western Roman Empire had morphed into the barbarian kingdoms and the Eastern Roman Empire and the Persian Empire were enfeebled and unable to draw much more spirit, until the Jihad re-ignited history. Fregosi is not saying that this was a bad thing. The Christians were just as bad to their subjects as the Muslims were and Islam does protect `the people of the book'. However, the historical evidence does show that Islam got there first and Jihad for the prophet is the drive of the religion of peace.
This is what warriors do, you see.Read more ›
A contention is held in the book that the described Muslim military conquests of centuries past, and the terrorist campaigns of the modern day, share much more than just the same name of “Jihad” but also encompass what the book cites as the Muslim "distaste for and basic antagonism to" the entire non-Muslim world that is described herein as being seen to be “blasphemers and infidels”.
While some readers may find such comments to be contentious or inflammatory, the book submits these subjects to a meticulous scrutiny with a view to presenting an appropriate context to these assertions.
Throughout it is clear that the writer strives to provide an objective analysis wherever possible without attacking the fundamental aspects of the Islamic religion - instead attempting to concentrate on the context of it’s implications & relationship to the furtherance of Jihad itself.
The writer states that Jihad has possibly been the most unrecorded and disregarded major event of history and introduces his study as perhaps being one of the first pertaining to the subject of Jihad, arguing that history has largely ignored what are described as the Muslim attacks and invasions of Europe from the seventh to the twentieth centuries, instead being content to remain transfixed on the Christian Crusades.Read more ›
Qur’an 9:29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
The phrase la ilaha illa allah in the Qur’an: in Mecca 37:35, 38:4-10 and Medina 47:19.
In these it means religious war for supremacy against all disbelievers.
Qur’an 47:19 Muhammad So know that La ilaha illallah, there is no god except Allah.
Maududi says: This was at the time of the battle of Badr. It is also entitled al-Qital, the Fighting, because it gives the firm command for Jihad, and its theme is to prepare the Muslims for war against disbelievers and to give them instructions about those who kill and those who are killed: Qur’an 9:111
Qur’an 9: 111 Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties for (the price) that theirs shall be the Paradise. They fight in Allah's cause, so they kill and are killed.
It is refreshing to read a history book that doesn't hide its intentions.
If you have a problem with that, but are open-minded enough to take the facts, which he presents in a well-balanced manner, despite the editorial slant, there is more than enough food for thought to keep you going.
He also has a unique, quirky style of narrative, which is probably not to everyone's taste; it's a good read nonetheless.
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The book arrived as expected. Excellent condition. And I think I am going to have much satisfaction when reading it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Eduardo
Disappointing, absolutely no sources cited, no footnotes, no mention of relevant archives or documentation. Read morePublished on 25 May 2015 by B. M.
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