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By Akbar Ahmed. The author gives a classic account of how the history of Islam and its relations with the West have shaped Islamic society today. He addresses why Islam is often caricatured as aggressive and fanatical. This readable and wide ranging account balances that image, uncovers the roots of Islamic discontent and celebrates the sources of its strength. From the four ideal Caliphs who succeeded the Prophet Muhammed (s), to the refugee camps of Peshawar, an objective picture emerges of the main features of Muslim history and the essential drives of Muslim society.
Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies and Professor of International Relations, American University Washington, D.C. He is the author of many books on Islam and a frequent media commentator on Islam. Amana, English, Paperback: 272 pages.