This book focuses on the internal debate within the Muslim world of today and the rise of political Islam from the viewpoint of a critique of Muslim historiography and hagiography. The author reminds us that the sacralisation of Muslim politics and the canonisation of Islamist political thinking was the direct result of centuries of
centralisation of power (both political and representational) at the hands of right-wing
Muslim demagogues and ideologues whose own politics can only be described in present-day terms as Fascist and intolerant.
Dr. Farish A. Noor Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin; and Sunan Kalijaga Islamic University, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
Tarek Fatah rightly explains that the decline of the world’s Muslims does not
come from the absence of a puritanical Islamic state. It is the result of the state in which the Muslims currently ﬁnd themselves. He also calls for making a distinction
between pietistic Muslims and those pursuing power in Islam’s name. Some of
his views, especially in relation to U.S. policies and the war against terrorism, are
bound to generate controversy, and not everyone who agrees with his diagnosis will necessarily agree with his prescription. But Fatah joins the expanding list of
Muslim authors challenging Islamism and demanding that Muslims should revert to
Islam an essentially spiritual and ethical belief system instead of stretching history to present Islam as a political ideology.
Professor Husain Haqqani Director of Boston University’s Center for International Relations Co-Chair of the Islam and Democracy Project at Hudson Institute, Washington D.C.
Fatah writes with a startling knowledge of and empathy for his religion and its
adherents. He argues with biting intelligence for a genuine and cleansing understanding
of Islam’s history and how it should be understood in the modern world. His analysis
of the difference between a state of Islam and an Islamic state is vitally important. This is the best criticism; based in love.
Michael Coren Columnist,
Toronto SunThis fascinating work by brave and brilliant Tarek Fatah is simultaneously thought-provoking, instructive and enlightening for laymen and scholars, Muslim and non-
Muslim. This wonderful combination of knowledge, wisdom and foresight
progressive and honest Muslim’s cry from his heart
is an invaluable and rare addition to the corpus of Islamic literature in the post-9/11 world, a bold step
towards Islamic Reformation and Enlightenment.
Dr. Taj Hashmi Professor, Asia-Paciﬁc Center for Security Studies, Honolulu