The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity (AUTHOR SIGNED) [Tariq Ali] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Clash of Fundamentalisms has ratings and 46 reviews. dave said: It doesn’t get Tariq Ali puts forth a history of Islamic fundamentalism through the. In this wide-ranging book that provides an explanation for both the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and new forms of Western colonialism, Tariq Ali argues that.

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The war in Iraq and what the US and GB did, killing half a million people provides a good indication. I can almost hear your question. I breathed a delicious scent of sun-roasted pine needles and wild strawberries. Throughout the Clash, Tariq Ali pours withering scorn on various Islamic “leaders” and bourgeois politicians, reserving his bitterest commentary for those who disgrace his native country of Pakistan. One of the women tells him: Here you will discover that as long as Islamist governments open their countries to global penetration, they will be permitted to do what they want in the sociopolitical realm.

Fun to read, but Lack of references was frustrating. The book is very detailed he covers many different topics from Islamic history to American interventions in different parts of the world.

A great deal, my friend. We took our seats around a garden table placed to catch the warming sun. It’s taken for granted that they are Muslims.


Why did it tell the local militia to go away that night?

The sky was cloudless and the snowcapped peaks of the Himalayas clearly visible. Aug 10, Sanjay Casula rated it really liked it.

The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity by Tariq Ali

Catholic Sharia, or the state within the state. Sometimes when we talk I get the impression that there is not fariq single Muslim country of which they can feel really proud. Dissent had, by this time, been virtually wiped out in Islam. The choice presented from the White House and its supporters was to stand shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism or be damned.

The aerial attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, a global spectacle of unprecedented dimensions, generated an enormous volume of commentary.

They didn’t want to destabilise Khatami’s regime! The city was known for its orchards and date plantations and for its notorious bandit-emir, Muhammad Ibn Saud, who was delighted to receive a preacher expelled by a rival potentate.

The Clash of Fundamentalisms

This is the most in-depth book I have read about Islamic fundamentalism and its relation to terrorism and American imperialism. A very educational fundamentwlisms to learn about a part of history and the world and its profound impact on what is happening today. Ali is a Fundamentalissms living in Britain, not a Moslem though brought up in a Moslem environment, a Marxist but not a Stalinist, and the book is written primarily for a British audience.


The Arab world is desperate for a change.

The two clauses inserted by Ibn Saud indicated what he had in mind. Not only is it supremely informative on matters of deep importance to radicals in the East and West, it is written with his characteristic grace and wit.

Letter to a young Muslim

Why do they wallow in so much self-pity? I want to be honest with you. Ali argues that the conflict will not occur because Muslims are inherently predisposed against liberal democratic values but because of the fundamentalist nature in which the West seeks to militarily impose these values in their countries.

They can disregard all conventions and laws at will.

The chapters do not build upon one another and Ali does not develop a central argument, even though he hints an intriguing one. Read it Forward Read it first. I am not sure that this should be the case, especially in light of what Lenin said in his fundamdntalisms and Religion”:.

They kept me in the prison for one more year.