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The Malady of Islam is as much a lament as it is a critique. Abdelwahab Meddeb probes the thorny issue of Islamic fundamentalism and examines how it has gained such a dangerous foothold in the 20th century. Jeddeb analysis, while learned and compelling, is, unfortunately, not entirely startling. A devout Muslim now living in Paris he was raised in TunisMeddeb speaks with the authority and indignation of one who recognizes a “paradise lost.
According to this abddelwahab but unfocused disquisition on the decline of the Muslim world, Islamic culture in its medieval heyday was tolerant, open-minded, rational and urbane, its science, literature and government a beacon unto benighted Europe. But “ancient Islam, intelligent and likable” is vastly different from “the political forms of present Islam, stupid and detestable” and steeped in xenophobia, fanaticism, ,eddeb and resentment, according to Meddeb.
Two factors are responsible for this “sickness.
Citing European intellectuals like Voltaire, Kant and Camus alongside Muslim thinkers, Meddeb, a Tunisian novelist and poet now living in Paris, has an outlook best described as French: Meddeb’s cultural history is wide-ranging but cursory and disjointed, and his often turgid style “Hierarchical mobility and hegemonic restructuring can only be developed on the globalized world, and can only be involved in a shared axiology” doesn’t make it easier to follow.
His call for open debate and respect for difference in the Muslim world is welcome; but his insistence on the easygoing compatibility of Islam and modernity, based on cherry-picked progressive-sounding passages from the Koran and other medieval texts, is unconvincing.
Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? In this impassioned, erudite, and deeply moving book, Abdelwahab Meddeb, born and raised in Tunis and now living in Paris, details the breadth and scope of the Arab intellectual tradition and dismantles common preconceptions held by the Islamic and Western worlds.
He describes the growing resentment between the West and the Islamic world as being due, in large part, to Islam’s drift away from its own pluralist tradition. Tracing the history of the “conquering” of the Arab world by the West, he provides a detailed history of the ways in which Islamic fundamentalism has come to compensate for Western dominance.
Directly addressing the terrorist attacks of September 11, he challenges us to reconsider the presumption that the gulf between the Islamic world and the West is too wide to breach. The “malady” of Islam lies in its alienation from the West and the corrosive influence that fundamentalism has wrought.
This book is a correction of the historical record, a passionate description of the best of Islamic thought and culture, and an absolutely necessary read for those seeking a better understanding not only of Islam but also ourselves. Read more Read less. Meddeb judiciously illustrates how the failings of the West to create a universal equality after the Enlightenment has led to “ressentiment” abdelwaha the Arab community and has contributed to the rise of fundamentalism or, as he describes it, “the sickness in Islam”.
However, he never uses those deficiencies to excuse the “crimes” committed, in part, in reaction to Western colonialism and self-interest. In fact, he jeddeb his most stinging criticism for a succession of Muslim writers who claim one, incontestable truth for the Qur’an.
His proposed remedies for are philosophically complex and fitting to his subject. However, they require a serious rethinking of current geopolitical alliances and actions.
Therefore, as much as we may crave the changes Meddeb recommends, we must ultimately realize how difficult they will be to achieve.
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I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 4 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Brilliant and captivating history with deep insights about the plight and promise of Islam today. To be abdelwahabb slowly and with appreciation for the immense scholarship involved.
This book is not an abstruse collection of rare words, paraded to show how good is the writer. On the contrary, it is a well developed philosophical and historical analysis of Islam, and the exposure of the ferocious, psychotic and inhuman aspects of religions.
It requires a sufficient historical, philosophical and literary education, no doubt. I found it defective in one aspect only: And his analysis of the fundamental role of Saudi Arabia, and its official version of Islam, wahhabism, in the moral and political meddrb of Islam is very well done.
Also, he has shown how tolerant was initially Islam. This evaporated after the destruction of Baghdad by the Mongols, but in a sense it survived, even if in different form. Don’t forget the fact that many European countries, first of all Spain, particularly starting in the 13 abfelwahab made the official persecution of religious minorities so bad a d systematic that tens of thousand of people had to migrate from the continent.
And where did most abdlwahab them go? So much for intolerance. That of course doesn’t change the abcelwahab intolerance of many Muslim states.
I give to this book 4 stars not somehow for what I already wrote, but mevdeb because there is no Kindle version of it.
These days a Kindle version is a must for all books! One person found this helpful. I found this work very hard going.
And yes I’m a native English speaker. I’ve been plowing through this thing for the past week. I cannot escape the immpression that all this is an effort to show off the authors “superior intellect”. I’ve translated doctoral studies from the education mededb and met the same kind of “hi falutin'” manner of writing. If this was meeddeb genuine attempt to communicate with the wider masses, of which I’m one, then it fails dismally.
An apologetic writing on various negative attitudes of Islam towards the USA.
Joris is a Professor of poetry avante garde at the U. Unfortunately, Joris has used obsolete verbage, so expect to spend hours in the dictionary trying to figure out what Meddeb is really trying to say. No record of who Ann Reid is. Nevertheless, this book tends to excuse various attacks on the USA, merdeb in that the USA has used it’s power hegemony to thwart the advancement of the Islamic goals.
It wiil probably be more enlightening to take French lessons and translate the book yourself. See all 4 reviews.
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