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Bridging the gap

Akbar Ahmed's Journey into Islam is an attempt to foster understanding between Islam and the Western civilisation.

books Updated: May 21, 2012 15:12 IST

Journey Into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization
Akbar Ahmed
Publisher: Penguin Books
Price: Rs 525
ISBN: 0670081418
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336


Years after September 11, we are still looking for answers.

Internationally renowned Islamic scholar Akbar Ahmed knew that this question could not be answered until Islam and the West found a way past the hatred and mistrust intensified by the war on terror and the forces of globalization. Seeking to establish dialogue and understanding between these cultures, Ahmed led a team of dedicated young Americans on a daring and unprecedented tour of the Muslim world. Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization is the riveting story of their search for common ground.

From the mosques of Damascus to the madrassas of Karachi and Deoband, Ahmed and his companions met with Muslims from all walks of life. They listened to students and professors, presidents and prime ministers, sheikhs and cab drivers, revealing Muslim hopes and frustrations as the West has never heard before. They returned from their groundbreaking journey with both cause for concern and occasion for hope.

Rejecting stereotypes and ‘conventional wisdom’ about Islam and its encounter with globalization, this important book offers a new framework for understanding the Muslim world. As Western leaders wage a war on terrorism, Ahmed offers insightful suggestions on how the United States can improve relations with Islamic nations and peoples.

Written with equal parts compassion and urgency, Journey into Islam makes a powerful case for forming bonds across religion, race, and tradition to create lasting harmony between Islam and the West. It is essential reading in an era of mistrust and misunderstanding.

First Published: Sep 12, 2007 18:19 IST