Front Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Information

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-x

This book is the product of a journey to the Muslim world with a team of assistants dedicated to unraveling the complexities of Islam. Keenly aware of the need to see into Muslim societies, I initiated a project that...

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One. An Anthropological Excursion into the Muslim World

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pp. 1-48

“The actions of Osama bin Laden, Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Taliban, even if they kill women and children, are perfectly justified in Islam.” These chilling...

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Two. The Struggle within Islam

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pp. 49-82

August 29, 1659, was a hot and humid day in Delhi, the capital of the mighty Mughal Empire. Large throngs lined the main streets to catch a glimpse of their...

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Three. Tribes, Women, and Honor in the Age of Globalization

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pp. 83-126

After my long journey across the Atlantic en route to Doha, I boarded the connecting British Airways flight in London along with a planeload of other...

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Four. Who Is Defining Islam after 9/11 and Why?

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pp. 127-192

Within days of returning from Bali in mid-April 2006, after a long, disorienting flight across the Pacific and the United States to Washington, D.C., I was on the road...

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Five. The Clash of Civilizations?

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pp. 193-244

“The Muslim situation is so desperate. I would gladly give my life for their cause.” These were the chilling words of my dinner companion on a balmy spring...

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Six. Lifting the Veil

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pp. 245-268

Who cannot marvel at the capacity of the human spirit to expand and change? When I first met Aijaz, he seemed fully set in his opinions, one whose world...

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Epilogue: The Hope of the World

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pp. 269-273

As seems fitting, our journey to the Muslim world ends at the National Cathedral in Washington,D.C., the city where it began. One of Washington’s most...

Appendix: Analysis of the Questionnaires

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pp. 275-285

Notes

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pp. 287-301

Index

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pp. 303-323

Back Cover

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