By Paul Berman
Called "important and devastating in its conclusions" through the New York Times, now with a brand new afterword via the author
Twenty years in the past, Ayatollah Khomeini referred to as for the assassination of Salman Rushdie—and writers around the globe instinctively rallied to Rushdie’s protection. at the present time, in line with author Paul Berman, “Rushdie has metastasized into a complete social class”—an ever-growing staff of sharp-tongued critics of Islamist extremism, particularly critics from Muslim backgrounds, who live to tell the tale purely due to pseudonyms and police defense. And but, rather than being applauded, the Rushdies of at the present time (people like Ayan Hirsi Ali and Ibn Warraq) usually locate themselves disregarded as “strident” or as no greater than fundamentalist themselves, and contrasted unfavorably with representatives of the Islamist stream who falsely declare to be “moderates.”
How did this take place? within the FLIGHT OF THE INTELLECTUALS, Berman—“one of America’s best public intellectuals” (Foreign Affairs)—conducts a searing exam into the highbrow surroundings of the instant and indicates how many of the West’s top thinkers and reporters have fumbled badly of their efforts to grapple with Islamist rules and violence.
Berman’s research of the heritage and nature of the Islamist circulate comprises a few extraordinary revelations. In analyzing Hassan al-Banna, the founding father of the Muslim Brotherhood, he indicates the increase of a massive and infrequently violent worldview, components of which survives this day within the brigades of al-Qaeda and Hamas. Berman additionally finds the stunning tale of al-Banna’s affiliate, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who collaborated individually with Adolf Hitler to incite Arab help of the Nazis’ North African crusade. Echoes of the Grand Mufti’s Nazified Islam may be heard one of the fans of al-Banna even today.
In a gripping and fashionable narrative Berman additionally indicates the legacy of those political traditions, most significantly by way of concentrating on a unmarried thinker, who occurs to be Hassan al-Banna’s grandson, Oxford professor Tariq Ramadan—a determine broadly celebrated within the West as a “moderate” regardless of his troubling ties to the Islamist circulation. taking a look heavily into what Ramadan has truly written and stated, Berman contrasts the truth of Ramadan together with his photograph within the press.
In doing so, THE FLIGHT OF THE INTELLECTUALS sheds mild on a few sleek issues—on the hugely reinvigorated anti-Semitism of our personal time, on a newly trendy flip opposed to women’s rights, and at the problems we've in discussing terrorism—and offers a beautiful remark in regards to the sleek media’s strange lack of ability to become aware of and study one of the most harmful principles in modern society.
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