Goes through the history and culture behind the jihad philosophy. Decent read, but not that many solutions.Anil Swarup
You cannot get a more balanced view. Akbar is at his best.Mahesh
it s an excellent description of the conflict going on between the islam and christainity. I like it really very muchRama
MJ tries to explain away the resentment of Muslims towards the West through a series of history lessons. Although a bit confusing for the history-uninclined, there is a yearly chronicle at the end that helps piece events together to provide a contextual whole to one another. Mutually antagonistic sources such as Bernard Lewis and Edward Said are cited to emphasize certain perspectives. However, MJ does not solely rely on intellectual sources to bring out his views on it all. With regard to India, on which MJ is probably better equipped to comment, MJ seems to respect Nehruvian secularism (dismissed these days as idealism and pseudo-secularism with hindsight bias), which has created a "democratic" framework in which the personal religious space and the political space are separated. [In his view] Muslims taste "democracy" more in India, despite all its problems, than elsewhere in the [Muslim] world. Jinnah also wished for something similar in Pakistan after all his political games involved in winning Pakistan for Muslims alone. Things turned out otherwise.A fine read.Sujeet
Q: What happens when, in 300 or so pages, you try to squeeze in the story of every time a Muslim cries 'foul' and takes up the sword (or a gun and grenade lately), from the time of Muhammad to Bin Laden? A: It becomes a jumbled mess of names and dates making it unreadable and uninteresting. That is exactly the problem with this book by MJ Akbar. With his journalistic pen MJ tries to do justice to the eternal conflict between Islam and Christianity by putting in every small incident in history and going into the history of that small incident, in such a manner that I discovered 2 new names every page and I forgot them in the next. The initial chapters where we read about the evolution of Islam are really informative and interestingly written. After that, I saw only names and dates. May be, this book can act as reference material, if you are writing a paper on Islamic conflict in history. Nothing more.