By Juan Gomez Casas, Abe Bluestein

ISBN-10: 0920057381

ISBN-13: 9780920057384

This the 1st English-language historical past of the Federación Anarquista Ibérica, lines its heritage again to its founding and follows its improvement through the an important civil struggle years. "Casas brings detailed skills to the duty of chronicling the background of the F.A.I.the attempt is rewarding."--Social Anarchism

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In word and deed, mainstream Muslims attest that Islam is a supreme value in their lives. Internecine hostilities—both sectarian and racial—divide Muslims, but one fundamental bond unites them. For Muslims, observes Bernard Lewis, “the basic division—the touchstone by which men are separated from one another, by which one distinguishes between brother and stranger—is that of faith, of membership in a religious community. . What is meant is. . ”56 Belonging to the community of Allah’s followers confers on the believer his self-worth—not his individual accomplishments and character.

Islam vs. Islamic totalitarianism “Despite the rich diversity in Islamic practice,” writes John L. ” Esposito is rightly viewed as something of an apologist for Islam, and his widely-adopted college text, Islam: The Straight Path, is an openly sympathetic account of the religion. From his discussion of the Five Pillars, we can observe that the sum of these supreme values is to effect and demonstrate the believer’s complete submission to authority. 29 This profession of absolute commitment is reaffirmed at daily prayers (the second pillar).

It may well be true that the jihadists have an interpretation distinctive to them. But is theirs a “hijacking” of the religion, a rank perversion of it—or an interpretation understandably flowing out of Islam? It is helpful to think about this from a wider perspective. In all of the major religions of the world there are disputes about interpretation. For example, devout Catholics and equally committed Protestants have disagreed violently on the meaning of Christianity (and of course Protestants are themselves splintered into countless subgroups).

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