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Tariq Ali’s “The Clash of Fundamentalisms”

For these reasons I recommend reading the book. Determined to monopolise both the man and his teachings, he demanded a blanket pledge: One gets the strong sense, especially from the final chapter titled “Letter to a young Muslim” that Tariq Ali considers the refutation of Islamic beliefs to be a core element of a revolutionary agenda in the Mideast, East Asia and Africa where fundamentalism is on the rise.

Jan 10, Issa Hijazeen added it. I picked this book up in order to try to understand a little more about the views of the author behind ‘The Islam Qintet’. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

May 14, Sue rated it really liked it. I got a flavour of the film from the transcripts he sent me. While clearly polemic the strength of the book is its lively historical narrative contrasted with the conventional wisdom of Western punditry.

Another way of saying that countries like Israel and the Arab nation would be acting to resolve their issues rather than jockeying for America’s political backing.


When we spoke, I told you that my criticism of religion and those who use it for political ends was not a case of being diplomatic in public.

I can almost hear your question. Other editions – View all The Clash of Fundamentalisms: It would be stupid to think that, in a society based on the endless oppression and coarsening of the worker masses, religious prejudices could be dispelled by purely propaganda methods.

Without this, bureaucratic degeneration and capitalist funda,entalisms were inevitable.

There is a very useful chapter on the roots of Wahhabism, a fundametnalisms reactionary trend in Islam followed today by bin Traiq and the autocratic regime in Saudi Arabia. The first section provides a secular, and at times condescendi There is a lot of important information in this book, but you have to dig through long-winded histories and unnecessary tangents, to find it.

Tarq Ali is a writer and filmaker, well known for his bitter criticisms of contemporary political events. Mar 20, dave eck rated it liked it.

I know that many of your friends love chanting the name “Osama” and I know that they cheered on September 11, fundamentalissm He showed me some of the footage. An intervention there would be fatal. These young men and women are sure about one thing if nothing else. Apr 17, Pages Buy.

He refused to fight in the war against Iraq. Some repetition is also present that need not be, lengthening the read and prolonging the drive to the book’s conclusions. Feb 08, Marijan Medved rated it liked it. Tariq Ali Punjabi, Urdu: The joys of heresy.

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Letter to a young Muslim

His father is a muezzin and his upbringing was ultra-religious. It was a new world-historical turning point.


Mostly interesting, especially the cclash narrative, but gets bogged down in its own language, which is sometimes poetic and elegant but sometimes just oblique. I do not accept the right of big powers to change governments as and when it affects their interests. In the post-second world war period secularism in the Islamic world gained mass support, but its failure to decisively break with capitalism allowed reactionary elements to come to the fore.

In describing his youthful resistance to such an onerous chore, Tariq Ali would remind many formerly observant Jews of their own ordeals in learning Hebrew: Then why did the army deny the local population arms to defend itself? I’d highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in understanding some of the historical factos behind the increase in fundamentalism.

It’s pretty grim but completley cuts to bone of how our world leaders and their institutions seem to share a pretty simplified view of the world at large, and try to push this as the narrative pill we should all swallow. On the IsraeliArab war. The 21st century, once greeted triumphantly as marking the dawn of a worldwide neo-liberal civilization, suddenly became menaced. Throughout the Clash, Tariq Ali pours withering scorn on various Islamic “leaders” and bourgeois politicians, reserving his bitterest commentary for those who disgrace his native country of Pakistan.