This is an intelligent, erudite work on the travails of Islamic civilisation as it has encountered the expansion of Western powers, and on its efforts to come to grips with the forces of modernity, and more recently globalisation. Ali A Allawi’s work is at once an exposition, a lament, and a prescription. Allawi is both an academic (Oxford and Princeton) and politician, having served as Minister of Finance in Iraq until 2006.
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