By Graham E. Fuller
What if Islam by no means existed? to a couple, it is a comforting concept: no conflict of civilizations, no holy wars, no terrorists.
But what if that were not the case in any respect? In a global with out ISLAM, Graham E. Fuller publications us alongside an illuminating trip via heritage, geopolitics, and faith to enquire even if Islam is certainly the reason for a few of trendy such a lot emotional and critical foreign crises. Fuller takes us from the start of Islam to the autumn of Rome to the increase and cave in of the Ottoman Empire. He examines and analyzes the roots of terrorism, the clash in Israel, and the function of Islam in assisting and energizing the anti-imperial fight. Provocatively, he reveals that opposite to the claims of many politicians, thinkers, theologians, and infantrymen, an international with out Islam will possibly not glance significantly diverse from what we all know today.
Filled with attention-grabbing info and counterintuitive conclusions, a global with out ISLAM is sure to encourage debate and reshape the best way we predict approximately Islam's courting with the West.
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The purpose of such exercises is to lend flesh and substance to otherwise unthinkable or unlikely series of events; they serve to sharpen the analytical antennae to indicators of such possible events in the off chance that the “unthinkable” might come about. They represent exercises in political and social imagination, just one tool among many. In the same spirit, this book looks at key events in the history of the Middle East and attempts to identify what forces were at work that might have had little to do with Islam, events that could have occurred in roughly similar ways without Islam.
How different might the character of East-West relations be? Without Islam, surely the international order would present a very different picture than it does today, or would it? The balance of this book aims to suggest some alternative answers to these questions. THE WEST, and especially the United States, has shown no serious or sustained interest in the Middle East until the last half century. We tend to be comfortably ignorant of the history of Western interventionism in the region over centuries—or even over a millennium.
Was Jesus literally the Son of God, or simply a divinely inspired human being? We will shortly examine the fascinating nature of many of these debates and note how some religious doctrines triumphed with the backing of political power, while others with less political backing came to be denounced as heresies. Above all, we will see how intimately linked all these doctrinal struggles were to the politics of the great empires. Power invariably attracts religion, and religion attracts power. Theology is secondary.