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EditorsPatrick Sookhdeo; Anna Bekele
ContributorsPatrick Sookhdeo; Robert R. Reilly; J. Michael Waller; Anna Bekele; Stephen Ulph
What drives Islamic StateThe world has looked on in horror at the atrocities perpetrated by Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria and Iraq. The organization's name has become a byword for bloodshed, torture, rape, and criminality. Yet Western observers struggle to make sense of the savagery of these jihadists towards their opponents in enforcing their rule.In this timely new publication, Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo analyses Islamic State's role in the conflict across the Middle East, explaining its ideology, organisation structure and its global radicalization strategy. He scrutinizes key passages in IS publications and in Islamic texts, explaining how these motivate the jihadist forces, and offers an illuminating and important perspective on the nature and quality of life under IS rule. Dr. Sookhdeo sheds light on the process by which young Muslims in Western countries have become radicalized into enlisting as IS fighters encouraged to commit terrorist acts in their own countries.Dr. Sookhdeo is one of the best-placed experts to predict the future of Islamic State. He makes a compelling case for the encouragement of reform movements that can delegitimize the religious validity of extremism within the worldwide Muslim community.
Almuslih’s first book publication Reforming Islam: Progressive voices from the Arab Muslim world has been available since December 2014.
The essays collected in this volume are taken from this Almuslih website and are in-depth analyses that are unambiguously reformist in purpose, courageous in tone and cut to the heart of the problems besetting the Arab Muslim world. They focus on freedom of expression and progressive thinking, religious pluralism and diversity, and they challenge static elaborations of law that rely upon an uncritical acceptance of foundational sources held to be immutable in form or interpretation. Reforming Islam complements the Almuslih website and will serve as a reference source to help the reader, Muslim and non-Muslim, understand the full intensity of the debate taking place within Islam.
Reforming Islam aims to establish and legitimise the discussion of Islamist political agitation and militant violence as manifestations of a religiously-defined problem with modernity. It seeks to allow bold and counter-intuitive opinion to be heard amid the gathering tide of anti-democratic and xenophobic currents that seek to devalue the commonality of human values. To do this it presents the viewpoint of Arab Muslim intellectuals who stand at the epicentre of the problem and who, with their cultural bi-lingualism, present the most nuanced and at the same time the most radical solutions.Reforming Islam's launch coincided with the Progressive Arab Voices on Islamic Reform conference at the National Press Club, Washington D.C. on December 2, 2014.This was an all-day event, lunch will be served at the conference.
Ibn WarraqBUY NOW!In his newest book, author Ibn Warraq focuses on the pioneering work in Syriac and Arabic linguistics of Christoph Luxenberg, a native speaker of Arabic who lives in the West and writes under a pseudonym. This anthology of scholarly yet accessible studies of the Koran makes a convincing case that Islam's holy book borrowed heavily from Christian texts in Syriac and other Near Eastern sources.Ibn Warraq supplies English translations of key articles by Luxenberg that originally appeared in German and have never before been available to an English readership. This is followed by commentary by other scholars on Luxenberg's work. Also included are articles by earlier specialists who anticipated the later insights of Luxenberg, and more recent scholarship inspired by his methodology. Erudite but accessible, this groundbreaking collection is must reading for anyone with an interest in the origins of the Koran and the early history of Islam.
Katharine Gorka and Patrick SookdheoBUY NOW!Islamism is a growing and powerful ideology that tolerates no dissent or rivalry. Yet in recent decades the United States has responded only to the violence that Islamism has generated, not to the beliefs and ideas that drive it. As a result of this failure, Islamist numbers and confidence have grown, and Islamist regimes have taken power in the Middle East and North Africa. So the United States is less safe than it was before 9/11, as is everyone else outside the Islamist fold.Until the United States understands and confronts Islamist ideology, it will not be able to slow the Islamist revolution and its destructive effects. This collection of essays proposes an effective strategy for countering and defeating the beliefs that motivate Islamists. It examines those beliefs in detail, considers their strengths and weaknesses, and draws on the lessons of past ideological conflicts. Thus it provides invaluable equipment for the war of ideas in which we must now engage.
Patrick SookhdeoBUY NOW!Islam is a religion that seeks to be a political and territorial power. This book has been written to provide an easy-to-use resource to understand Islam inBritaintoday, the way in which it is developing, its influence on the country and whether assimilation is possible. It asks penetrating questions about the way that Muslim communities in theUKcould develop in the future, and how British authorities and institutions appear to be yielding to a process of Islamisation.
Patrick SookhdeoBUY NOW!"Islam is a one-way street. Non-Muslims can convert to Islam, but freedom to convert from Islam is denied to Muslims. All schools of Islamic Law specify the death penalty for an adult male Muslim who chooses to leave Islam. The law can also impose other penalties on apostates. Change is only possible if the apostasy law is repealed. This book focuses on:
- the Muslim teaching on apostasy from Islamic sources
- the debate amongst Muslims about the apostasy law
- the treatment of converts from Islam