Wednesday 11 April 2007

Reflections on Islam: Ideas, Opinions, Arguments by George Jonas

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Reflections on Islam is one of the most thought-provoking books I have read. George Jonas brings us, as the title suggests, his ideas, opinions and arguments which, though dealing mostly with Islam, encompass a miriad of related hot topics.

Through a collection of essays which were written between 2001 and 2006, George Jonas encourages us to join us in his exploration of issues which are of great importance. The books deals with whether there is a difference between Islam and Islamism, whether we are in the midst of a clash of civilisations, the need to recognise the limit of military action - for example, should the military have simply invaded iraq, helped to overthrow the dictatorship and then left, rather than staying on and trying to help with nation-building, and much, much more.

A topic that was close to my heart in this book is the subject of multiculturalism and immigration and the issues that it can (and does) lead to.

These and countless other subjects make this a book which is not just food for thought, but an irresistable feast. It is a must-read for anyone grappling with the defining issues of our age and a should-read for everyone. Whatever your nationality and wherever you call home, this book will bring so much to your attention and will make you look at things in a totally new way.
I think the best thing for me, about this book, is that the author, though very forceful with his ideas and arguments at times, never pushes them onto us, the reader. Rather, he inspires us to think for ourselves.

Needless to say, but I will say it anyway. I loved this book!

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