By Graham E. Fuller
What if Islam by no means existed? to a couple, it is a comforting notion: no conflict of civilizations, no holy wars, no terrorists.
But what if that were not the case in any respect? In an international with out ISLAM, Graham E. Fuller courses us alongside an illuminating trip via heritage, geopolitics, and faith to enquire even if Islam is certainly the reason for a few of modern so much emotional and significant foreign crises. Fuller takes us from the beginning of Islam to the autumn of Rome to the increase and cave in of the Ottoman Empire. He examines and analyzes the roots of terrorism, the clash in Israel, and the function of Islam in helping and energizing the anti-imperial fight. Provocatively, he reveals that opposite to the claims of many politicians, thinkers, theologians, and infantrymen, a global with no Islam would possibly not glance tremendously assorted from what we all know today.
Filled with attention-grabbing information and counterintuitive conclusions, an international with out ISLAM is bound to encourage debate and reshape the way in which we expect approximately Islam's dating with the West.
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