Passion for Islam: shaping the modern Middle East : the by Caryle Murphy

By Caryle Murphy

Islam's revival is reshaping Egypt and different Arab nations in methods past violent politics. The longing for own solace, a simply political method, indigenous existence, and correct theology all wait for satisfaction....Just because the Nile runs via Egypt for nearly 8 hundred miles, giving it existence, so additionally the directly method, the way in which of Allah, runs via it, beckoning its humans. the quest via Egypt's Muslims for a contemporary figuring out of the immediately approach is the essence of state-of-the-art ardour for Islam. -- from bankruptcy 1, "First Verses" Written by way of a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, this authoritative and spell binding primer at the smooth face of Islam presents the most entire accountings for the roots of non secular terrorism and heart japanese strife. Over a long time, a myriad of social, political, and spiritual elements has made modern-day center East a flamable sector and has contributed to Islam's new strength and turmoil. "Passion for Islam" makes use of one specific state, Egypt, as a lens wherein to teach how those forces play out around the sector, permitting terrorism to realize a foothold. throughout the own stories and observations of person Egyptians encountered in the course of her 5 years because the "Washington Post's" Cairo bureau leader, veteran journalist Caryle Murphy explores how Islam's modern revival is unfolding on 4 varied degrees: "Pious Islam" highlights the groundswell of grassroots piety that has created extra Islamic societies; "Political Islam" examines how Islamists, utilizing either violent and peaceable capacity, are reshaping the region's authoritarian secular political order and redefining Islam's position within the public arena;"Cultural Islam" seems to be at Egyptian efforts to withstand a ubiquitous Western tradition by means of announcing an Islamic identification; "Thinking Islam" finds how intellectuals are reexamining their theological historical past with the purpose of modernizing Islam. Representing years of exhaustive study, "Passion for Islam" additionally seems at how the tortured Israeli-Palestinian clash has contributed to the region's spiritual ferment and political tumult. by way of revealing the daily ramifications of some of these matters in the course of the eyes of Egyptian intellectuals, holy males, revolutionaries, and usual voters, "Passion for Islam" brings an remarkable power and intensity to Western perceptions of center jap clash.

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Having established a perpetual reign of terror and profited much from it, he died and another grand master headed the order. And at this time, paradise was built. Tales of it filled all nearer Asia, and generations passed before the outer world knew the secret of it. Alamut—the Eagle’s Nest—was the headquarters of the order. Here, on the summit of an unclimbable mountain, a walled garden had been built a garden filled with exotic trees, with marble fountains that tossed wine spray into the sunlight, with silk-carpeted pavilions and tiled kiosks.

If they rode donkeys they had to sit face to tail. For this was the true city of the Thousand and One Nights, sleepless, indolent, and very wise. Arab shaikhs in dark robes strode among crimson-clad negroes; Circassian slaves, veiled from forehead to toe, rode past in a cluster of black eunuchs with their long staves. Fair and indifferent Greek girls stood in the slave market under the insolent eyes of Turkish officers. Mamluks in jeweled khalats built themselves palaces of half-dried bricks in a month, and feasted on the carpets of slain enemies.

And at this time, paradise was built. Tales of it filled all nearer Asia, and generations passed before the outer world knew the secret of it. Alamut—the Eagle’s Nest—was the headquarters of the order. Here, on the summit of an unclimbable mountain, a walled garden had been built a garden filled with exotic trees, with marble fountains that tossed wine spray into the sunlight, with silk-carpeted pavilions and tiled kiosks. The melody of invisible musicians hung upon the air, and all men who entered were wrapped in the dreams of opium, or yielded the bodies of beautiful girls.

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