Book Review: Islam Under Siege – Winter/Spring 2006

Review of Professor Akbar Ahmed’s book, “Islam Under Siege”   The cataclysmic event of September 11 has inspired a torrent of books and articles examining Islam’s role in the contemporary world. All 19 of the hijackers who slammed civilian planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, two...

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Book Review: Speaking with One Voice – June 30, 2002

The political language of Islam by the well-known scholar, Bernard Lewis, consists of a series of lectures originally delivered by the author at the University of Chicago in 1986. The current edition has been reprinted for sale in South Asia only. Although Lewis’ lectures were delivered more than a...

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Book Review: Why This Decline – May 10, 2002

WHAT went wrong in the decline of the Islamic world from its pre-eminent position in the Middle Ages to its current status of virtual political and economic servitude to the West, is the theme of the book under review. Lewis’ insights can be read with profit by the specialist...

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Book Review: What Globalization is Doing to Us – May 19, 2002

THE book Globalization and development studies — challenges for the 21st century consists of a series of papers read at a workshop organized in November 1997 by the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Frans Schuurman, a senior lecturer at the Institute, has edited...

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Book Review: Telling Them the Truth – October 20, 2002

Reviewed by S. Azmat Hassan   Gore Vidal the eminent American essayist and novelist in his latest book Perpetual war for perpetual peace opines that two dates will be remembered in US history: April 19, 1995 and September 11, 2001. On the first, Timothy McVeigh, a much decorated former...

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Afghan Vacuum Led to Buddha Destruction – March 18, 2001

Ever since they commenced destroying statues belonging to Afghanistan’s pre-Islamic Buddhist past, the Taliban militia, who have ruled Afghanistan since 1996, have been roundly condemned by the international community for this spectacular act of cultural vandalism. The two statues of Lord Buddha around 170 feet and 120 feet high,...

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It’s Time for More U.S. Involvement – May 7, 2002

There has been a regrettable escalation in the fighting between the Israelis and the Palestinians in the past few days that has eclipsed for the time being the Arab League Summit decision to establish normal relations with Israel in return for withdrawal by Israel from the territories it had...

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