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This book focuses mainly on the Muslim world: its history, religious origins, colonialism, etc. The struggles between secular-progressive movements and religious-authoritarian have a great relevance; the author clearly supports the first ones. In this struggle the influence of the west (specially the USA) is deemed negative by the author. However, against my expectations, the book is not an obsessive bash of the west.
There are a lot of endless chapters narrating Muslim intra-wars that don't seem to go anywhere; later the author simply states that he was trying to say that the monolithic conception on the Muslim world, very widespread in the west, is erroneous. He could have saved most of the Muslim history parts; some are incredibly unnecessary and make the book quite boring.
This was probably intended to be a book about political history of Islam but the editors thought it was better using an appealing title and a TalibanBush in the cover, hence the disappointment.
Interesting to have a closer look on the Muslim world.

Added by nh3
12 years ago on 10 March 2006 11:47

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