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Malady of Islam Abdelwahab Meddeb

Malady of Islam

Abdelwahab Meddeb

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ISBN : 9780756784058
Hardcover
241 pages
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A defense of Islam, and an indictment of religious fundamentalism, addressed to Islamic and Western readers.In this impassioned, erudite, and deeply moving book, Abdelwahab Meddeb, born and raised in Tunis and now living in Paris, details the breadthMoreA defense of Islam, and an indictment of religious fundamentalism, addressed to Islamic and Western readers.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 Islams 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.Author Biography: Abdelwahab Meddeb is a prolific novelist, poet, translator, and essayist and the editor of the journal D├ędale. The author of ten books, he is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Paris X--Nanterre. He lives in Paris, France.