Book Chasing a mirage : the tragic illusion of an Islamic state / Tarek Fatah.
Associated Name: Ḥaqqānī, Ḥusain, 1956-
Publication year: c2008.
Call Number BP173.6 .F17 2008
Media class: Book
Publisher: Mississauga, Ont. : John Wiley & Sons Canada
ISBN: 9780470841167 0470841168
Includes Pref. by author.
Extent: xx, 410 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
In Chasing a Mirage, Tarek Fatah writes: Islamists argue that the period following the passing away of Muhammad was Islam's golden era and that we Muslims need to re-create that caliphate to emulate that political system in today's world. I wish to demonstrate that when Muslims buried the Prophet, they also buried with him many of the universal values of Islam that he had preached. The history of Islam can be described essentially as the history of an unending power struggle, where men have killed each other to claim the mantle of Muhammad. This strife is a painful story that started within hours of the Prophet closing his eyes forever, and needs to be told. I firmly believe the message of the Quran is strong enough to withstand the facts of history. It is my conviction that Muslims are mature and secure in their identities to face the truth. This is that story. -- Publisher's Description.
Part One: The Illusion. -- 1. Politcs and theology of Islamic States -- 2. Pakistan - failure of an Islamic state -- 3. Saudi Arabia - sponsor of Islamic states -- 4. Iran - the Islamic state -- 5. Palestine - future Islamic state? -- Part Two: The Genesis -- 6. The Prophet is dead -- 7. Medina - The polittics of the rightly guided caliphs -- 9. Damascus - Islam's Arab Empire -- 9. Cordoba - Islam's European venture -- 10. Baghdad - Islam embraces the Persians. -- Part Three: the Consequences -- 11. Sharia - God's law or man's flaw -- 12. Jihad - permanent war or continuous struggle? -- 13. Hijab - Islamic piety or political Islam? -- 14. The Islamist agenda in the West -- Conclusion -- Afterword by Husain Haqqani.