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by Abdelwahab Meddeb

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.
Download The Malady Of Islam epub
ISBN: 0465044352
ISBN13: 978-0465044351
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Author: Abdelwahab Meddeb
Language: English
Publisher: Basic Books; Export Ed edition (July 2, 2003)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1195 kb
FB2 size: 1122 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 410
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Brilliant and captivating history with deep insights about the plight and promise of Islam today. To be read 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: it doesn't put enough emphasis on the fact that the Islamic fundamentalism has pushed the majority of the Muslim countries so much low in the degree of civil, economic and scientific development that it has compromised their capacity to survive as a positive element of progress. And his analysis of the fundamental role of Saudi Arabia, and its official version of Islam, wahhabism, in the moral and political degradation 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 century 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 of them go? In Muslim states. So much for intolerance. That of course doesn't change the current intolerance of many Muslim states. I give to this book 4 stars not somehow for what I already wrote, but mostly because there is no Kindle version of it.. These days a Kindle version is a must for all books!
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 field and met the same kind of "hi falutin'" manner of writing. (Search the dictionary/thesarus for obscure words) Well surprise surprise the author is a literature professor.

If this was a 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. This book was originally written in French translated in English by Pierre Joris and Ann Reid. Joris is a Professor of poetry (avante garde)at the U. of Albany as well as a translator of French, German, English, et al, works. 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, justified in that the USA has used it's power (hegemony) to thwart the advancement of the Islamic goals. This has aggravated the Islamic society to the point of 9/11; or, payback for all of the past years we have dissed the believers and the Sacred Scripture for our own progress.

It wiil probably be more enlightening to take French lessons and translate the book yourself.