Islam Through Western Eyes

Islam Through Western Eyes: From the Crusades to the War on Terrorism


In a mercilessly iconoclastic work of intellectual scholarship, Lyons takes a chisel to the ancient and venerable edifice that is the anti-Islam discourse…

The Boston Globe

Despite the West’s growing involvement in Muslim societies, conflicts, and cultures, its inability to understand or analyze the Islamic world threatens to curb any prospect of East-West rapprochement. Impelled by one thousand years of anti-Muslim ideas and images, the West has failed to engage in any meaningful or productive way with the world of Islam. Formulated in the medieval halls of the Roman Curia and courts of the European Crusaders and perfected in the newsrooms of Fox and CNN, this anti-Islamic discourse determines what can and cannot be said about Muslims and their religion, trapping the West in a dangerous, dead-end politics that it cannot afford in a rapidly globalizing world. Order today.