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Spring Fever : the Illusion of Islamic Democracy.

Author: Andrew C McCarthy
Publisher: New York : Encounter Books, 2012.
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The first fundamental truth about the ""Arab Spring"" is that there never was one. The salient fact of the Middle East, the only one, is Islam. The Islam that shapes the Middle East inculcates in Muslims the self-perception that they are members of a civilization implacably hostile to the West. The United States is a competitor to be overcome, not the herald of a culture to be embraced. Is this self-perception based  Read more...
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McCarthy, Andrew C.
Spring Fever : The Illusion of Islamic Democracy.
New York : Encounter Books, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew C McCarthy
ISBN: 9781594036446 1594036446
OCLC Number: 1058147469
Description: 1 online resource (233 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Table of Contents; Copyright; Dedication; Table of Abbreviations; Preface; The Train; Totalitarian Democracy; Sharia and Factophobia; Pangloss and Pandora; They Just Don't Like Us; "I Am a Servant of Sharia"; The School of Hard Knocks; The Turkish Model; Joining the Jihad; Champion of Hamas; The Neo-Ottomans; Spring Fever; The Islamic Renaissance; Conclusion: It's How You Think About It; About the Author; Note from the Publisher; Index of Sigificant Names, Entities, and Topics.

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The first fundamental truth about the ""Arab Spring"" is that there never was one. The salient fact of the Middle East, the only one, is Islam. The Islam that shapes the Middle East inculcates in Muslims the self-perception that they are members of a civilization implacably hostile to the West. The United States is a competitor to be overcome, not the herald of a culture to be embraced. Is this self-perception based on objective truth? Does it reflect an accurate construction of Islam? It is over these questions that American officials and Western intellectuals obsess. Yet the questions are irr.

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