By Tarek Fatah
In Chasing a Mirage, Tarek Fatah Writes: Islamists argue that the interval following the passing away of Muhammad used to be Islam's golden period and that we Muslims have to re-create that caliphate to emulate that political method in latest international. I desire to show that once Muslims buried the Prophet, in addition they buried with him a few of the common values of Islam that he had preached. The heritage of Islam could be defined primarily because the historical past of an never-ending strength fight, the place males have killed one another to assert the mantle of Muhammad. This strife is a painful tale that all started inside of hours of the Prophet remaining his eyes eternally, and desires to learn. I firmly think the message of the Quran is robust adequate to resist the proof of background. it truly is my conviction that Muslims are mature and safe of their identities to stand the reality. this can be that story.Advance compliment for Chasing a Mirage"Tarek Fatah has written a provocative and hard e-book that's a needs to learn for someone who cares approximately those issues."—Janice Gross Stein"Chasing a Mirage is an incredibly priceless contributing to the struggle through innovative Muslims opposed to Islamist fascism. This e-book can be required examining for the Left within the West who've mistakenly begun believing that Islamists signify a few type of anti-imperialism."—Farooq Tariq"Fatah argues passionatley for universalism rather than exclusivism, integration rather than ghettoism, and makes a strong allure for the silent majority of Muslims to talk out prior to it truly is too past due. This paintings of braveness and bold should be learn widely."— Pervez Hoodbhoy"This interesting paintings via courageous and bri8lliant tarek Fatah is at the same time thought-provoking, instructive and enlightening for laymen and students, Muslims and non-Muslim...an useful and infrequent addition to the corpus of Islamic literature within the post-9/11 global, a daring step in the direction of Islamic Reformation and Enlightenment."—Taj Hashmi"Tarek Fatah's is a voice that should be heard. Canada wishes a fit, reasoned debate in regards to the concerns he's elevating, and certainly so does the world."—Bob Rae"This interesting paintings by way of brae and exceptional Tarek Fatah is concurrently thought-provoking, instructive and enlightening for laymen and students, Muslim and non-Muslim... a useful and infrequent addition to the corpus of Islamic literature within the post-9/11 global, a daring step in the direction of Islamic Reformation and Enlightenment."—Taj Hashmi"Tarek Fatah's is a voice that should be heard. Canada wishes a fit, reasoned debate in regards to the concerns he's elevating, and certainly so does the world."—Bob Rae, Member of Parliament, Canada
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Chasing a Mirage: The Tragic lllusion of an Islamic State by Tarek Fatah