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  • ISBN: 0316201065
  • Subcategory: Entertainment
  • Author: Graham FullerGraham E. Fuller Graham E. Fuller
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (April 2, 2012)
  • ePub book: 1337 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1870 kb
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  • Rating: 4.8
  • Votes: 428

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Graham E. Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the .

Graham E. Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, a former senior political scientist at RAND, and a current adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University. He is the author of numerous books about the Middle East, including The Future of Political Islam, A World Without Islam, a memoir Three Truths and a Lie, and the forthcoming Turkey and the Arab Spring. He has lived and worked in the Muslim world for nearly two decades. Author of a World Without Islam, Three Truths and a Lie, and Breaking Faith.

A World Without Islam. What if Islam never existed? To some, it’s a comforting thought: no clash of civilizations, no holy wars, no terrorists. But what if that weren’t the case at all?

A World Without Islam. But what if that weren’t the case at all? In A WORLD WITHOUT ISLAM, Graham E. Fuller guides us along an illuminating journey through history, geopolitics, and religion to investigate whether or not Islam is indeed the cause of some of today’s most emotional and important international crises. Fuller takes us from the birth of Islam to the fall of Rome to the rise and collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

In A World Without Islam, former CIA official and historian Graham Fuller says it wouldn't be much different from the . In his book, Fuller says, "I try to run through a whole lot of events and take Islam out of the equation, and see what we're left with

In A World Without Islam, former CIA official and historian Graham Fuller says it wouldn't be much different from the world today. According to Fuller, the West's fraught relationship with the Middle East isn't really about religion - and actually predates the spread of Islam. In his book, Fuller says, "I try to run through a whole lot of events and take Islam out of the equation, and see what we're left with. And what was left was the idea that the continuity of geopolitics and grievances across the Middle East doesn't need Islam to explain it.

This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.

In A WORLD WITHOUT ISLAM, Graham E. Fuller guides us along an illuminating journey through history, geopolitics, and religion to investigate whether or not Islam is indeed the cause of some of today's most emotional and important international crises

In A WORLD WITHOUT ISLAM, Graham E. Fuller guides us along an illuminating journey through history, geopolitics, and religion to investigate whether or not Islam is indeed the cause of some of today's most emotional and important international crises. He examines and analyzes the roots of terrorism, the conflict in Israel, and the role of Islam in supporting and energizing the anti-imperial struggle. Fuller (born November 28, 1937) is an American author and political analyst, specializing in Islamist extremism

Graham E. Fuller (born November 28, 1937) is an American author and political analyst, specializing in Islamist extremism. Formerly vice-chair of the National Intelligence Council, he also served as Station Chief in Kabul for the CIA. A "think piece" that Fuller wrote for the CIA was identified as instrumental in leading to the Iran–Contra affair

Graham E. Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, in charge of long-range strategic forecasting. The premise of this book is to picture a world without Islam

Graham E. He is an adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University and the author of numerous books about the Middle East. The premise of this book is to picture a world without Islam. How different it would have been, how the butterfly effects that never happened would turned out to be, and it's very sobering. This, in effect, becomes a book about the history of the world that has nothing to do with Islam.

Fuller's startling conclusion? Contrary to the claims of many of today's most respected politicians, thinkers, theologians, and soldiers, East-West relations in a world without Islam might not look vastly different from what we see today. And, thankfully, such recognition provides a map to a more peaceful future, making A WORLD WITHOUT ISLAM both a brilliant examination of the past and a visionary look forward.

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What if islam never existed? to some, it's a comforting thought: no clash of civilizations, no holy wars, no terrorists. But what if that weren't the case at all? in a world without islam, graham e. Fuller guides us along an illuminating journey through history, geopolitics, and religion to investigate whether or not islam is indeed the cause of some of today's most emotional and important international crises. Fuller takes us from the birth of islam to the fall of rome to the rise and collapse of the ottoman empire. He examines and analyzes the roots of terrorism, the conflict in israel, and the role of islam in supporting and energizing the anti-imperial struggle. Provocatively, he finds that contrary to the claims of many politicians, thinkers, theologians, and soldiers, a world without islam might not look vastly different from what we know today. Filled with fascinating details and counterintuitive conclusions, a world without islam is certain to inspire debate and reshape the way we think about islam's relationship with the west.

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Tenius Tenius
This is an absolute important book to understand today's current affairs, which heavily linked with the rise of Islamic terrorism. The book is written by an ex-CIA analyst stationed in the Middle East, whom possess an incredible clarity over the geopolitic dynamics on the ground.

The premise of this book is to picture a world without Islam. How different it would have been, how the butterfly effects that never happened would turned out to be, and it's very sobering. This, in effect, becomes a book about the history of the world that has nothing to do with Islam.

Chapter 2 and 3 cover the antagonism between Rome and Constantinople, which created the divisions between Western Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox, with very extensive details that could make this book easily becomes the history of the split within the Christian powers. This scism, according to Graham E. Fuller, was the predecessor of today's East's (especially Russia's) resentment towards the West.

The proceeding chapters cover pretty much every single problematic interactions with Islam in the world, including the best analysis on the current problem immigrant Muslims have in Europe, the best statistics-heavy analysis on the Hindu-Muslim violence in India, including the root-cause of the tension in Kashmir, and why Muslims in America are generally more established compared with their European counterparts.

The book also covers Muslim-China relationship, including the root-cause of today's tension in north west China till this day, and the fact that Muslims built the capital Beijing. Chapter 12 in particular is a masterpiece, analysing straight to the heart of the world's problem today. And like most books analysing political Islam, this book also covers the complex problem in Israel-Palestine, which according to Fuller wasn't rooted with Islam, but with Western European persecution of European Jews.

This is the perfect book to give to Islamophobic or anti-theists who think that religion is always the underlying problem. It is also a perfect book to read to understand the arguments about state and religion, and how religion is being used for political gains. Its conclusion gives the best answer to the immediate problems arises in the Middle East. But judging from the reason why the US is in the Middle East to begin with, these brilliant solutions would probably go unnoticed.

Never in my life that I have been so wrong about judging a book by its cover (and title). When purchasing the book I intended to read what the islamophobics are saying about the religion, but right from the first couple of paragraphs I was in for a surprise. I did not even suspect this to be a very comprehensive book. But oh I have never been this happy to be dead wrong!
Tantil Tantil
The author concludes that the world without Islam would not be very different because geopolitical and economic factors have been more important in forming the current situation in the Middle East. The title of the book may be a bit misleading and some people who saw the title and bought this book out of curiosity may be disappointed. This is not really "what if" story, but rather a thorough study of the history of Moslems' relationship with the world in view of explaining that "Islam" itself is not the source nor the cause of the conflict and problem.
Kison Kison
Big props to the book store they delivered early in excellent condition with a personal note. The book itself is a page turner. A must read for an understanding of the middle eastern issues with the west.
Bynelad Bynelad
Graham Fuller in this book was successful in answering the question about the world terrorism. He managed to preview the history of interaction between "Islam"and four global powers, namely the West, Russia, India, and China. He was able to conclude that Islam was not the source of the conflict, it was used and abused, as any other religion, as a banner to rally forces , legitimize entities, and cover other political and geopolitical factors. This is not to underestimate the influence of Islam in shaping the world, but conflict had existed and would continue with or without Islam. He further suggests some practical steps to improve the relationship between the muslim world and the West in particular. An excellent book to read for those who are looking for the root cases of the modern world conflict and the means to address them.
IWantYou IWantYou
Graham Fuller gives a very interesting perspective about Islam in terms of civilization. Basically, he outlines how east and west have been fighting before the advent of Islam. It is an interesting read peppered with many historical examples. It was a refreshing read and very nice insights were given about the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Church. Early European Christianity has also been dealt with in great detail.

Since I am an Indian, I feel more comfortable talking about the Indian aspects of the book. There are a few facts which I disagree with. Author feels that the foundation of Indian classical music was laid by the 'great' Mughals. He also talks about how Sikhs want a separate homeland but fails to acknowledge it anywhere that it was pushed and funded by ISI. Today, as always, Sikhs are leading India from the forefront. Indian army has Sikhs as the largest group and tales of their bravery and courage are legendary in nature. Similarly, author also seems to be predisposed towards bashing BJP, the party in power today. While I have nothing against his personal opinion, the justifications given are very superficial in this regard. Either elaborate it properly or just leave things out. Half cooked facts do not do justice and give wrong ideas to the naive.
Kamick Kamick
A very good idea.
Tiainar Tiainar
Received as described, thank you
I found this book to be a very valuable assest to my collection of political science books. The author Graham Fuller begins by taking the reader from the current climate that exists around the world; to the history about Islam that facilitated the ideology of political Islam. In essence, the reader learns that what has developed in many Islamic countries is a mistrust of the West. This long history of mistrust has caused many Muslims to take a very extremist political position, that supercedes the precepts of the religion.