The Fate of Abraham: Why the West is Wrong about Islam (Hardback)Peter Oborne (author)
Deconstructing the accepted narrative around the clash between modern-day Western Christianity and Islam, Oborne's cogently argued book finds parallels with historical demonisations of Catholics and Jews and states that the stoking of hatred in the West after 9/11 has proven immensely destructive.
For more than a generation, the idea that the end of the Cold War would be succeeded by a new conflict - between Islam and the West - has dominated. At first, with the events of 9/11, this thesis seemed prophetic, but as Peter Oborne shows in his remarkable and important new book, The Fate of Abraham, it could not be more wrong, and it continues to cause huge damage around the world, with disastrous consequences.
Oborne shows how the concept of an existential clash is a dangerous and destructive fantasy. Many in influential positions in governments across the West have suggested that Islam is trying to overturn our liberal values and even that certain Muslims are conspiring to take over the state. But in reality, these fears merely echo past debates, as when from Tudor times to the nineteenth century Catholics were the target of Protestant suspicion; once Catholics were incorporated into the state, it was Jews who were treated with hostility by a Christian nation. Now we are repeating the pattern.
With murderous attacks on Muslims taking place from Bosnia in 1995 to China today, Oborne dismantles the lies and falsehoods that lie behind them, and he opens the way to a clearer and more truthful mutual understanding that will benefit us all in the long run.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Number of pages: 528
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 36 mm
'Oborne has taken up the unpopular cause of British Muslims, who feel misrepresented by politicians and the newspapers... The popular idea that there is a "clash of civilsations" between the West and Islam has resulted in failed wars abroad and shameful persecution at home... His analysis of the web of think tanks, politicians and journalists shaping the narrative around British Muslims is certainly eye-opening.' - Sameer Rahim, Daily Telegraph
'There is plenty of interesting material here. Most readers will probably not realise that the American navy was created as a response to the depredations of “Barbary” pirates in the early 19th century. The heart, however, of Oborne’s book...represents an admirable piece of sustained investigative journalism. For those interested in the malign impact of Islamophobia in Britain, [the book] genuinely breaks new ground and deserves to be widely read and debated.' - Dr Philip Lewis, Church Times
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