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Synopsis: The aerial attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre, a global spectacle of unprecedented dimensions, generated an enormous volume of commentary. In this book, the editor of the New Left Review challenges the assumptions promulgated by the USA, arguing that what we have witnessed is the return of history in a horrific form. Review: After the events of September 11, 2001, the veteran writer, filmmaker and political activist Tariq Ali has been in great demand to provide his own radical perspective on the significance of the attacks, and the result is The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity. Ali’s book explores the history that preceded these events, and deals directly with the political history of Islam, its founding myths, its origins, its culture, its riches, its divisions. However, this is no dry history book, but a powerful and wide-ranging polemic that interrogates the hypocrisy of Islamist politics and religion, while also denouncing the double standards of US and UK foreign policy towards Islamic states over the last century. The result is a remarkably broad if sometimes awkward and episodic book, that moves from Ali’s idyllic childhood in Lahore, playing tennis and avoiding mullahs, via discussions of the origins of Islam, the rise of the Ottoman Empire, the status of women in Islam, to detailed critiques of the recent history of western involvement in Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kashmir. Ali is at his best in the later sections, attacking the Pakistani madrasas as indoctrination nurseries designed to produce fanatics, and condemning the Pakistani army as one of the Pentagon’s spoilt brats in Asia. The Clash of Fundamentalisms argues that the rise of political and religious intolerance lies in the fact that all the other exit routes have been sealed off by the mother of all fundamentalisms: American imperialism. His call for “an Islamic Reformation that sweeps away the crazed conservatism and backwardness of the fundamentalists” and which “opens up the world of Islam to new ideas which are seen to be more advanced than what is currently on offer from the West” is a bold and provocative call; while some may disagree with Ali’s politics or interpretation of history, there is little doubt that The Clash of Fundamentalisms is an angry but valuable response to the events that took place in the US on September 11, 2001. —Jerry Brotton “About this title” may belong to another edition of this title.

Muslim fundamentalisms have the sympathy of approximately half of the Muslim population in the world. A Clash of Fundamentalisms Wahhabism in Yemen. Shelagh Weir In: 204 (Fall 1997) During the past two decades, a proselytizing, reformist, "Islamist" movement — mainly characterized as "Wahhabi" — has gained increasing popularity throughout Yemen.

The article was originally published in the July-September 1997 issue of "Middle East Report." Extracts from The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Prologue " The honour of great peoples, is to be valued for the beneficience, and the aydes they give to peoples of inferiour rank, or not at all.And the violences, oppressions, and injuries they do, are not extenuated, but aggravated by the greatness of the peoples, because they have least need to commit them. Titled "The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity", it is an attempt to explain the historical roots of 9/11, the Kashmir conflict, the Palestinian Intafada and a number of other questions that are tied in one fashion or another to Islamic identity and politics. The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity Paperback - April 1, 2003. by.