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Boston Globe calls Islam Through Western Eyes “mercilessly iconoclastic”

January 22, 2012 0 Comment

From The Boston Globe review of Islam Through Western Eyes on January 22, 2012:

If you think you have an original, perceptive opinion concerning Islam, you might want to think again. According to Jonathan Lyons, author of “Islam Through Western Eyes: From the Crusades to the War on Terrorism,’’ an ossified, immutable “anti-Islam discourse’’ has been propagated over the centuries by a diverse relay team of elite opinion-makers whose most obvious manifestation has become the self-proclaimed Islam expert.

As a result, many Westerners have come to believe: “that Islam is inherently violent and spread by the sword; that Muslims are irrational, antiscience, and thus antimodern; and that they are sexually perverse and hate women.’’ In a mercilessly iconoclastic work of intellectual scholarship, Lyons takes a chisel to the ancient and venerable edifice that is the anti-Islam discourse and patiently chips away, hoping to demolish what he considers the chief obstacle obscuring the West’s view of real-life Islam and Muslims.

Read the full review here.