[star]The American Mind[star]

April 17, 2003

More on Lewis' "Crisis"

I'm posting another review of Bernard Lewis' The Crisis of Islam. David Pryce-Jones wrote this one. Since Lewis is the most respected and visible Islam scholar in the West, any new book from him should be looked at as an event (at least for those with an interest in the national security and current events).

Pryce-Jones concludes his review:

Bin Laden and other Islamists are eloquent and capable, fashioning an ideology compounded out of immutable ancient stereotypes and contemporary preconceptions about the West. For them, the United States is now leader of the House of War, and its downfall will be the fulfilment of the House of Islam's pristine vision of world-conquest. To them, suicide-terrorism is a religious and political duty.

This is unprecedented, Lewis emphasises, as well as contrary to the faith. Islam expressly forbids suicide, and condemns to hell-fire whoever dies by his own hand. The jihad of those claiming to be the most pious of Muslims has no Islamic legitimacy.

The majority of Muslims wish to enjoy a society with accountable government and human rights. The West has to help them modernise and reform in order to achieve these ends. Lewis makes things very clear: either we succeed in this, or bin Laden and other Islamists will usher in a dark future for the world, and especially for Islam.

"The Longest Conflict in History" [via Reductio]

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