By Anne Norton
In the post-9/11 West, there's no scarcity of strident voices telling us that Islam is a hazard to the safety, values, lifestyle, or even life of the USA and Europe. For higher or worse, "the Muslim query" has turn into the nice query of our time. it's a query sure up with others--about freedom of speech, terror, violence, human rights, women's costume, and sexuality. notably, it really is tied to the opportunity of democracy. during this fearless, unique, and outstanding e-book, Anne Norton demolishes the concept that there's a "clash of civilizations" among the West and Islam. what's particularly in query, she argues, is the West's dedication to its personal beliefs: to democracy and the Enlightenment trinity of liberty, equality, and fraternity. within the so much primary feel, the Muslim query is set the values no longer of Islamic, yet of Western, civilization.
relocating among the us and Europe, Norton presents a clean standpoint on iconic controversies, from the Danish comic strip of Muhammad to the homicide of Theo van Gogh. She examines the arguments of quite a lot of thinkers--from John Rawls to Slavoj Žižek. and he or she describes shiny daily examples of normal Muslims and non-Muslims who've permitted one another and equipped a standard lifestyles jointly. finally, Norton offers a brand new imaginative and prescient of a richer and extra assorted democratic lifestyles within the West, person who makes room for Muslims instead of scapegoating them for the West's personal anxieties.
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