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But I did not shed any tears for the Taliban as they shaved their beards and ran back home. The second half was more on how the Middle East views America and why. He is the author of several books, including Can Pakistan Survive?

Then I ask who they think is responsible, and the answer is invariably “Israel”. He saw it as a sign of democracy coming to the Arab world. Ali puts Marxist theory to work in understanding the landscape of today’s world politics. Jan fundametnalisms, Mohamed rated it liked it. Highly recommended for those who want to understand these cultures and communities through a more honest voice. Because he said without a husband it will be hard to find taris job.

May 24, Munzareen rated it it was ok. I’m back because he’s gone. Perhaps the most serious weakness of the book, as it itself suggests, is that it spends too much time trying to sketch a broad history of Islam that spans three continents and a dozen or so countries.

It was a new world-historical turning point. Marginal notes on the chapter of defeats.


I know of Argentine students who walked out when a teacher criticised Osama. Nov 15, Naman Rawat rated it really liked it. Fundamentwlisms for telling us about the problem. They insisted that the elections of and be declared null and void.

Don’t have an account? Despite this, Ali’s tendency to be become bogged down in a side story creates tedium, thus persuading me to recommend it not as as a book to be read from cover to cover but rather as a reference book to be dipped in an out of from time to time when one’s sense of self-righteousness is lacking.

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Jan 29, Shaun Appleby rated it really liked it. In Europe and North America things are different. Please try again later. I should finally warn other readers that this doesn’t lead to big cumulative chapter at the books end. The aerial attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, a global spectacle of unprecedented dimensions, generated an enormous volume of commentary. Our governments are dead. Tukhachevsky was a brilliant military commander.

Fundamenta,isms inviolability of the American mainland, breached for og first time sinceled to extravagant proclamations by the pundits.

The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity

Would you want to live under those conditions? All of that made me think, and this is my reply for you and all the others like you who asked similar questions elsewhere in Europe and North America.

Is it surprising that some are responsive to the Islamists? Somewhat overwhelming in its detail, and not as focused as I would have liked. Apr 17, Pages Buy. He expresses the views funadmentalisms many in the Third World that are often overlooked in Western scholarly discourse.


The Sultan, flanked by his religious scholars, ruled a state-Empire that was going to wither away and die.

An intervention there would be fatal. In raising these issues Cclash aims to stimulate debate within and without Islam. A good book with good information about historical developments that took place in the region. At first I managed to restrain myself, but then I heard a suppressed giggle from the veranda and made the mistake of turning round.

Tariq Ali’s writing style is I have always been an admirer of Tariq Ali’s work so the review might be a little biased. Apr 20, Andy Taylor rated it really liked it. As we have come to expect from him, he is lucid, eloquent, literary, and painfully honest, as he dissects both Islamic and Western fundamentalism.

The Clash of Fundamentalisms

Aug 22, Bruce Dayman rated it really liked it. Not sure how all the Marxist analysis he does is relevant in this post-Marxist world, but overall cogent and worth reading, even if it takes more than one try.

Through exploring these diverse but connected events, his goal is to show that Islamic history or civilization has not been a monolith and has been affected rariq by political or economic factors.

The rhymed verse at once lost its magic.