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    (FREE) [Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam] author Tarek Fatah Fundamentalism scares me Like causes me to despair and lament the future of human civilization scares me Fundamentalists seem so diametrically opposed to progress freedom and education that I fear what will happe

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    review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ó Tarek Fatah Tarek Fatah Ó 6 Read & Download Summary Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam Tarek Fatah is a practicing Muslim born in Pakistan but one who is not welcome and is not allowed to enter Pakistan as of now He is one of the rare sane voices in Islam who advocates a moderate form of Islam which promotes peace and understanding amongst people of different faiths as was espoused by the Prophet Muhammad The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State is an impassioned plea from this author to his fellow Muslims not to get trapped

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    (FREE) [Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam] author Tarek Fatah review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ó Tarek Fatah Summary Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam First let me declare that I am not in the favor of secularism yet I believe that Islamic political thought need to be refined The amendments should be made in accordance with the modern necessities About Chasing a Mirage I would say; what an excellent work The book bearing a subtitle The Tragic illusion of an Islamic State

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    Summary Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam Tarek Fatah Ó 6 Read & Download (FREE) [Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam] author Tarek Fatah One of the most prevalent beliefs among muslims of today's world is that in order to live a completely Islamic life they need to live under an Islamic State ruled by a Caliph and governed by Sharia Law It is the

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    Tarek Fatah Ó 6 Read & Download review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ó Tarek Fatah Summary Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam The world is witnessing incidents of jihadi violence by the hour Even though Islam is often touted as a religion of peace non Muslims and an increasing section of Muslims perceive it to be otherwise A noted feature in the discourse on terror and its religio political inspiration is the total absence of the voice of the moderates in the Muslim community Surprising it may seem to us but the extremists occupy centre stage

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    review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ó Tarek Fatah Tarek Fatah Ó 6 Read & Download (FREE) [Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam] author Tarek Fatah Getting Closer To What Went WrongThe first third of the book looks at modern Shariah based nations Pakistan Saudi Arabia and Iran The recurring theme is that Islamic States have all resulted in situations that c

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    review ↠ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ó Tarek Fatah (FREE) [Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam] author Tarek Fatah Tarek Fatah Ó 6 Read & Download Tarek Fatah's book is a comprehensively detailed intellectual discourse which presents an unflattering and unbiased treatise on Islam tackling its complex history that asks and answers the difficult uestions facing the religion of Islam and i

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    (FREE) [Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam] author Tarek Fatah The narrative adopt by the author through out the book is of the Post Islamists ‘Chasing a Mirage” in a nutshell is a harsh criticism on Islamist narrative mainly in the context of Political Islam The book is no less than a shock for a generation that has been brought up by dogmas and myths sponsored by Islamists and which has no roots i

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    (FREE) [Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam] author Tarek Fatah Read Fatah's book some time ago and found it an informative and interesting read Needed to reread the historical sections to follow but found it fascinating Being non Muslim this was a great Islam 101 as the author notes an Islamic state has

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Summary Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam

Read & Download Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Tarek Fatah Ó 6 Read & Download 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 uran 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. Fundamentalism scares me Like causes me to despair and lament the future of human civilization scares me Fundamentalists seem so diametrically opposed to progress freedom and education that I fear what will happen if ever they attain a critical mass of power Fundamentalism is universal in its appeal to the irrationality of our species it is not just limited to any one religion We cannot fight it by identifying a religion with its fundamentalist base and rejecting it we cannot say Terrorists who were Muslim destroyed the Twin Towers therefore Islam is bad We re mature and nuanced than that rightI sure hope so And so does Tarek Fatah because his book Chasing a Mirage The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State is an appeal to logic and rationality Islam is in danger extremists chant and yes it is in danger from them Chasing a Mirage is divided into three parts Fatah first uses present claimants to the title Islamic state to investigate what this term means Then he delves into the history of Islam and examines past countries that Islamists want to use a templates for a the Islamic state Finally he singles out some particular examples of how the Islamist agenda is furthered in Western countries Each of these sections alone would be worth reading Together they form a compelling argument both fascinating and bleakIn Part One The Illusion Fatah elaborates on what he means by the term Islamic state He uses three contemporary countries Pakistan Saudi Arabia and Iran as case studies These countries both claim to be Islamic states in one form or another and many readers including myself associate these countries with Islam Fatah also looks at Palestine which he feels is in danger of being hijacked by extremists in an ill advised attempt to turn it into an Islamic state In all of these cases Fatah highlights how attempts to transform Islam into a political system in addition to a religious one have become mired in corruption and human rights abuses His argument is simple if these are examples of Islamic states then he does not want oneCentral to the concept of Islamic state is the supremacy of Islam Simple enough there is no god but God or Allah if you prefer and we worship him based on the revelations in the uran given to us by the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him In an Islamic state Islam is than just a state religion Rather the entire political and judicial systems are codified according to Islamic practices and principles Or at least that is the theory As Fatah demonstrates in Part 2 there aren t really Islamic principles for politics However I am getting ahead of myselfIn their zeal to spread Islam proponents of the Islamic state lose sight of the little things in life like say human rights Societies like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan have institutionalized a form of hierarchical racism in which Arab Muslims are at the top and non Arab Muslims are treated like second class citizens often as poorly as non Muslims At times this has resulted in genocidal or near genocidal atrocities both against non Muslims and even other Muslims Fatah spares us no detail as he recounts Pakistan s bloody history That such actions are committed in the name of Islam is a travesty for what does it say of one s religion if it condones such violence and abuses Where in the uran does it say Arabs number 1 Arabs number 1The fact of the matter as Fatah explains it is that the uran contains no outline for the Islamic state that Islamists want Indeed apparently even the Islamists don t have a consistent idea of what Islamic state means across the board Among Pakistan s imams and Islamic scholars no two agreed on the fundamental definition of either an Islamic State or a Muslim This last tactic is all too common the only beneficiaries of the Islamic State were the tyrants who ruled Muslim populations and who were able to silence opposition by getting the Ulema religious scholars to declare that opposition to their government was opposition to IslamIf someone opposes you obviously he or she is an apostate Conveniently Islamists believe the punishment for apostasy is death As a result of such an extremist view Islam has been hijackedAs horrible as the human rights abuses perpetrated in the name of Islam are I am even troubled by this subversion and rejection of democracy Democracy is a delicate flower that is beautiful when it flourishes but wilts all too easily Once in decline it is very difficult to restore Islamists have often come to power through democratic means but once in power they turn democracy into a sham if they bother keeping it around at all Iran is an example of this subversion of democracy although their president is nominally elected by the people elections in Iran are anything but free of intimidation Worse the policy implemented by the ayatollahs of Iran virtually guarantees that no matter what the people of Iran want they will not be able to dislodge the Islamic theocracy by democratic means Instead Fatah notes Not all ayatollahs in Iran agree with the current leadership It is uite likely that the changes the Iranian people desire in their country may come from within the religious establishment Despite having just spent an entire chapter discussing the problems with Iran Fatah remains optimistic about its potential for recovery as long as even a handful of such Iranian clerics speak their mind and as long as Iranian women rebel against the oppressive misogyny of the mullahs there is hope for the Iranian revolution to reach its intended potential a secular democracy where Iran can again play the historic role it once did A free and democratic Iran where ayatollahs become the people s moral compass not their executioners would trigger a renaissance in the rest of the Muslim worldElouently put and right too I am no fan of Iran However in opposing the ayatollahs it behoves one not to demonize them like they have done with the West This only engenders hatred and mistrust and that is something we can ill affordHaving looked at present day Islamic states and found them wanting Fatah decides to look to history for examples of an Islamic state worth emulating He does this not on a whim but because Islamists often speak of a golden age of Islam So Fatah looks at the period following the death of the Prophet where Muslims were ruled by the four Rightly Guided Caliphs Then he looks at three other examples of empires nominally based on Islamic principles The result is pretty much what one would expect especially after reading Part 1 In all cases these politicians use and abuse Islam to gain power and stay in power Some of these empires achieved both zeniths and nadirs of civilization There is no evidence however that any of these states witnessed a golden age And sometimes it seemed like living as a Muslim especially a non Arab Muslim in an Islamic state sucks pretty bad And if an Islamic state is a place where not even Muslims want to live well who exactly wants itPart Two The Genesis is my least favourite section of Chasing a Mirage It is long almost too long and at times it becomes mired in details as Fatah enthusiastically accounts for every name and place and factor involved in the current episode That being said there is nothing in this section that feels superfluous I could not suggest removing anything just to make it shorter and I cannot fault it for being comprehensive All I can say is that you will probably want to take this section slowly Read it a chapter at a time while relaxing with another bookThe final section of the book Part Three The Conseuences is a nice little reward to those who persevered through Part 2 Fatah devotes a chapter each to sharia law jihad and the wearing of the hijab ultimately concluding that each of these phenomena are part of the Islamist agenda in the West This is where Fatah gets the most opinionated and the most personal since as a founding member of the Muslim Canadian Congress he was often involved in these issues On a somewhat nationalistic note I also want to add that I appreciate how when Fatah says this country he means Canada not the United States Obviously I need to read books about Canadian politicsPart 3 reminds me of Multiculturalism without Culture by Anne Phillips Like Philips Fatah is concerned that simplistic ideas of unified cultures are being used against us In Ottawa the lobbying by Islamist groups is relentless putting politicians of all stripes on the defensive as they fear they might be labelled racist or Islamophobic if they criticize Islamists Islam like every other religion is not monolithic Muslim culture like every other culture is not monolithic It behoves us to understand this and reject the attitudes of Islamists who eagerly label as apostates any Muslim who disagrees with themI was pleased to see that in addition to rejecting the Islamist reuirement that women wear the hijab Fatah supports a woman s right to wear the hijab if she chooses From his vitriolic rejection of the former I feared a rejection of the latter as well Fortunately Fatah remains consistently pro choice which is how I see the matter in both cases the government removes freedom of choice It is not enough to protest against bans of the hijab or the burka one must also protest against the reuirement to wear such coverings It boggles my mind that some people would indoctrinate their daughters to believe that if they don t cover their hair some man will rape them and get them pregnant for one thing what does that say about men It boggles my mind that otherwise progressive Muslims will with a straight face parrot the hypocrisy of Islamists who denounce terrorism while calling for jihad If Muslims and non Muslims alike want to rehabilitate the image of Islam in the West we must restore it to the tenets of gender euality preached in the uran and ignore those voices who call for the submission of women and the demonization of the Other We must strive to better educate ourselves about these issues lest in our ignorance we fall prey fundamentalists and extremists from whatever religion or creed they hail Multiculturalism does not mean separate rules for separate cultures It is am embrace of every culture a commitment to preserve freedom of choice I don t care if you worship Yaweh Allah the Flying Spaghetti Monster or even if you don t worship a god at all treat me like a human being and I will treat you like a human being Because that s what matters And as an added bonus I promise that even if you don t wear a hijab I will somehow manage to refrain from stoning you on suspicion of adultery Chasing a Mirage The Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State is an eye opening look at the political history of Islam Tarek Fatah reaffirms Islam as a peaceful progressive religion and condemns those extremists who would reshape it into something otherwise Fatah s rejection of the Islamic state is threefold firstly Islamists claim that Islam is in danger without an Islamic state is false secondly the so called Islamic states of the past to which Islamists point as golden age templates are anything but golden finally this struggle to achieve an Islamic state damages what Fatah labels the state of Islam that he believes is core to Muslim identity Further Fatah does not do what frustrates me about so much of political non fiction today he does not say this book is merely an attempt to make you aware of the problems in order to avoid proposing solutions Chasing a Mirage is full of solutions alternatives and hope This is without a doubt one of the best books I ve read all year and I ve been having a pretty good year for reading so I don t say this lightly Oh and the manufacturer s warranty included at the end is hilarious

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Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam

Read & Download Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Tarek Fatah Ó 6 Read & Download StoryAdvance Praise for Chasing a MirageTarek Fatah has written a provocative and challenging book which is a must read for anyone who cares about these issues Janice Gross SteinChasing a Mirage is an extremely valuable contributing to the fight by progressive Muslims against Islamist fascism This book should be reuired reading for the Left in the West who have mistakenly started believing that Islamists represent some sort of anti imperialism Faroo TariFatah argues passionatley for universalism instead of exclusivism integration instead of ghettoism and makes a powerful appeal for the silent majority of Muslims to speak out before it is too late This work of courage and daring needs to be read widely Pervez HoodbhoyThis fascinating work by brave and bri8lliant tarek Fatah is simultaneously thought provoking instructive and enlightening for lay. Getting Closer To What Went WrongThe first third of the book looks at modern Shariah based nations Pakistan Saudi Arabia and Iran The recurring theme is that Islamic States have all resulted in situations that contradict the teachings of the ProphetPakistan began with democratic aspirations but uickly reverted to uneual laws disadvantaging minority Sikhs Hindus even Ahmadiya Muslims and others including ChristiansOf Saudi Arabia the regime is scathingly castigated for their wanton destruction of historic sites such as the house of Khadija or the tomb of Fatima As such there are less than 20 remaining sites that date back to the time of the Mohammed making the Wahabists who are doctrinally opposed to turning individuals into saints and veneration of places associated with them unsuitable custodians of the cradle of Islam They have only had this role since their 1920 s conuest of the Arabian peninsula The 1979 siege of the Grand Mosue in Mecca by 300 Muslims from various countries which resulted in over 1000 deaths is blamed on Israel and America the event itself Fatah discovers does not appear in a single textbook in the Muslim world as it it never happenedUnder the Iranian constitution the Velayat e faih supreme leader must be an ethnic Arab from the Hashemite clan of the uraysh tribe a descendant of the Prophet s daughter Fatima and her husband Ali These men are known as the Syeds Only an Arab Syed of Iran can rule as it s supreme leader pp67 How the Persians ever acuiesce to this only Allah knowsHe uips that the Imans and Ayatollahs who are driving for Shariah that is nations governed by Islamic principles are attempting to navigate hell bent into the future using a rear view mirror focused on a mythical past blaming every bump and crash on Israel and the West instead of themselvesThe middle section of the book is a brilliant deconstruction of early Islamic history and by itself worth 5 and the price of the book This is a far cry from the usual hagiographic treatment given to the Four Rightly Guided Caliphs One learns a great deal about the rivalry that followed the death of Mohammed how Ali was first shut out of the leadership and how descendants of the Prophet were hunted down and murdered for fear that they or their descendants would acuire political powerThe heart of Fatah s argument is a plea for separation of Mosue and State The modern Islamists he charges are attempting to recapture something that never existed In 1450 years of Islamic history there has never been a just Islamic state to revert back to Even in the golden age of Muslim ruled Spain the concept did not work In spite of a generous outflowing of culture and learning was overshadowed by political intrigue and assassinationIn most of the book the premises arguments and conclusions are well done and one must certainly respect both his love and knowledge of history However when it comes to Mohammed or Marx well love is blindWhat keeps Fatah from being considered a complete apostate is that he still holds fast to the catchecism of Mohammed s infallibility and the perfection of his example He is unable to separate the Messenger from the Message or concede as is done in other faiths that even prophets were imperfect vesselsAs for Marx in Chapter 5 Palestine Future Islamic State he relates how as a student he instantly bonded with the first Palestinian student that he met simply because the man was a Marxist He thrills at the audacity of Leilah Khalid the infamous female hijacker of TWA flight 840 He argues that Hamas religious approach is counter productive because under Islamic tradition Jews have the better claim Abbas simply because he professes to be a Marxist other than by education in the USSR the claim is highly doubtful is Israel s best opportunity for peace and Hamas only grew because of Israeli support corruption in the Arafat s PA having nothing to do with it a neglect of the old Turkish saying a fish stinks from the head downThe last five chapters examine the dynamics of moderates and extremist Muslim factions in the West focusing mostly on Canada He s highly critical of Western politicians for endorsing to what he considers the radical element of his community with a tendency to identify Islam with beards and turbans To contrast he offered a number of alternative voices The treatment here was anecdotal interesting but not uite at the same level as the middle thirdThe book ends with an afterward by Hussaim Haani which I found a bit at out of place with Fatah s ideas and a very humourous EULA End User License Agreement often found in software package installs for Islam warning the end user not to accept any unauthorized upgrades and is worth passing around in one s emailHighly interesting somewhat controversial and the middle section especially worth having around for reference

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Read & Download Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Tarek Fatah Ó 6 Read & Download Men and scholars Muslims and non Musliman invaluable and rare addition to the corpus of Islamic literature in the post 911 world a bold step towards Islamic Reformation and Enlightenment Taj HashmiTarek Fatah's is a voice that needs to be heard Canada needs a healthy reasoned debate about the issues he is raising and indeed so does the world Bob RaeThis fascinating work by brae and brilliant Tarek Fatah is simultaneously thought provoking instructive and enlightening for laymen and scholars Muslim and non Muslim an invaluable and rare addition to the corpus of Islamic literature in the post 911 world a bold step towards Islamic Reformation and Enlightenment Taj HashmiTarek Fatah's is a voice that needs to be heard Canada needs a healthy reasoned debate about the issues he is raising and indeed so does the world Bob Rae Member of Parliament Cana. The narrative adopt by the author through out the book is of the Post Islamists Chasing a Mirage in a nutshell is a harsh criticism on Islamist narrative mainly in the context of Political Islam The book is no less than a shock for a generation that has been brought up by dogmas and myths sponsored by Islamists and which has no roots in Islam as the author claimedThe History of Islam as shown in the book is in contrast with what has been taught to students in schools colleges and universities History of Islam as the author argues is nothing but a history of unending power struggle where men have killed each other to claim the mantle of Prophet Muhammad To put it bluntly it could be depicted as the Game of Thrones in which Lannisters Targarians Starks etc are replace by Fatimids Abbasids Umayyads all vied for the Caliphate and had slaughtered each other in doing soProposing a way forward for the contemporary Muslims Tari Fatah is of the view that we Muslims should adopt ourselves to the Modern values of democracy liberty freedom and peace Rather than pondering and struggling for an Islamic State which according to the author is a mirage and have been used by clerics for political point scoring and personnel gains we should work on the State of Islam that primarily concerned with the spiritual development of a Muslim

  • Hardcover
  • 410
  • Chasing a Mirage An Islamic State or a State of Islam
  • Tarek Fatah
  • English
  • 11 January 2018
  • 9780470841167