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3.0 out of 5 stars It shatters the myth, but there's still something missing, 22 April 2001
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This review is from: Shattering the Myth: Islam Beyond Violence (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics) (Paperback)
It shatters the myth, but there's still something missing. The book sets out to shatter the mtyh of the militant/violent Islam as portrayed in western media. This it accomplishes convincingly by highlighting how Islam cannot be generalised under one banner. The author does this by highlighting how islam has developed politicaly in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Pakistan to mention a few. It also highlight the differences between the experience of Muslim women in these countries against the view held in the west. Though these combine to shatter the myth one problem seems to persist. The impression left at the end of the book is one where Islam is still at odds with the West and will continue to be. Additionally the author seems to have ignored the Islamic movements outside the Muslim world , ie the Muslim minorities in western countries. Although the book does give a good insight into political islam in the 20th century, it may be necessary to read other titles fully appreciate Islamic movements and how they themselves are changing, albeit slowly, the opinions of the western world.
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