People Like Us: How Arrogance Is Dividing Islam and the

People Like Us: How Arrogance Is Dividing Islam and the

People Like Us: How Arrogance Is Dividing Islam and the West [Download] ➺ People Like Us: How Arrogance Is Dividing Islam and the West Author Waleed Aly – No two civilisations have spoken so many words about each other in recent years as those of Islam and the West And no two seem to have communicated less People Like Us confronts the themes that define No two civilisations have spoken so many Us: How PDF/EPUB Ã words about each other in recent years as those of Islam and the West And no two seem to have communicated less People Like Us confronts the themes that define this chasm head on women jihad secularism terrorism Reformation and modernity Its piercing examination of these subjects reveals our thoughtless and destructive tendency to assume that the world's problems could be solved if only everyone became like us The result People Like Kindle - is deep mutual ignorance and animosity reinforced by both Muslim and Western commentatorsAs a Muslim born and raised in Australia Waleed Aly stands at the intersection of these two civilisations In this book he draws on his knowledge of Western and Islamic intellectual traditions to present an analysis that is surprising and challenging but always enlightening.

10 thoughts on “People Like Us: How Arrogance Is Dividing Islam and the West

  1. SteveH SteveH says:

    Unfortunately I couldn't finish reading this book after the constant apologetics cognitive dissonance and mental gymnastics that was obviously reuired to write this heavily biased work It has been over 6 months since I threw this turgid nonsense away so I apologise for the lack of direct uotesLet me say that I have been a HUGE fan of Waleed Aly for many years and love his work on 'The Minefield' and on my occasional view of the Project' I am not phobic of any religion but am extremely sceptical and don't think religion should ever be a 'free pass' for bad behaviour I welcome refugees but that is not to welcome or condone sexist barbaric beliefs Which is I think why this book was such a terrible disappointment This is obviously NOT a text written by a social philosopher at the height of his understanding but rather an apologetic by a young western man tentatively rediscovering a sense of belonging with a familial culture that has a difficult and somewhat barbaric history; where he needs to reassure himselfIn the first chapter he tackles the idea of 'an insult to Islam' and some of the most barbaric and violent responses such as the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the bombing of embassies Aly deliberately avoids terms like 'massacre' and is extremely weak in his condemnation of the terrorists and of violence but his criticism of offensive cartoons is much much harsher than that of the reactive MURDER The cartoons are terribly offensive but he tries to argue that the response is understandable At one point He even says paraphrase 'the bombing of an embassy may seem beyond absurd in response to a cartoon to western minds' No Waleed it seems REPREHENSIBLE to ALL decent mindsIn the second chapter he attempts to tackle sexism He goes into a long discussion about how Mohammed well yes he had multiple wives but they were mainly old and widowed and so he was doing them a favour A real feminist Aly COMPLETELY fails to mention Ai'sha who was NINE when she was probably forcibly married to Mohammed And how this fact is validating paedophilia in Muslim countries with marriageable girl ages of 8 9 in Iran and Saudi ArabiaIt was at this point that I threw the book into the fireI was hoping for a book that discussed the unreasonable paranoia against Muslims not Islam in Australian society and had discussions on integration and toleranceInstead I found a sadly apologetic book that was prepared to ignore the genuine issues that need tackling within Islam and religion generally in order to allow it's further acceptance into western society; in favour of logically fallacious arguments like but so do you kinda but you're worse because my feelings are important and Look over there A distractionIt will no doubt appeal to moral relativists and those who want to welcome Muslim immigrants to our country and therefore feel they cannot criticise any aspect of IslamI wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who wanted a genuinely impartial and reasonable read about issues of Islam and Muslim integration into Australian societyDisappointed

  2. Heidi Heidi says:

    On the back of the edition I read one of the review uotes while praising the book as important well written thoughtful and pretty much reuired reading for Australians of conscience and thoughtfulness noted that thinking it's a fabulous book doesn't mean agreeing with every wordWhich is pretty much my feeling There is a hell of a lot to respect in this book Aly writes very well and puts his arguments very clearly From my perspective the book suffers just a little from being a tad too scholarly and it's exceedingly rare that I'd say anything of the sort particularly in uranic scholarship an area in which contrary to the late lamented Reading Rainbow you pretty much do have to take Aly's word for it and I know I'm better educated on Islam than a lot of Australians of my vintagebackgroundetc Where this was particularly a problem was in his chapter long critiue of Irshad Manji's The Trouble with Islam A Muslim's Call for Reform in Her Faith at the end of it I was still on Manji's 'side' because he had failed to convince me and Aly is a speaker and writer who generally manages to convince me in his newspaper columns and etcAly btw is one of a group of authors of whom I feel than a little jealous Aly as it turns out was in my class at Law School He's my contemporary and yet has written this incredibly important book a book that for all my issues with it see eg my status updates I would still recommend highly particularly to Australian or Aus dwellers

  3. Sabai Sabai says:

    Skillfully written but it's typical Waleed Lots of words but little said

  4. Tanish Tanish says:

    This is a great read for anyone trying to understand multiple perspectives on some of the issues in the world today most specifically and obviously the growing chasm between Islam and the West and the position of those occupying both worlds I have read critiues that raise very important contradictions to some of the arguments made by Aly but he makes interesting well supported insightful points This is an excellent book for getting around some of the one sidedness of the information both sides of the debate face on a daily basis I highly recommend this excellent book

  5. George Eraclides George Eraclides says:

    This is a well researched and argued book which makes the case that Islam is grievously misunderstood by its own adherents and the West which focuses on the claims and actions of the fanatics Apparently while it is not a religion of peace is any judged by the actions of adherents it is not one that has a history of interpretation which justifies violence against innocents or even generally Islamic scholarship of a high standard is sadly lacking in the modern Muslim world and the vacant space has been staked out by literatists with an agenda of violence This book could be read in conjunction with 'Not in God's Name' by Jonathan Sacks Mutual stereotyping is hindering the development of constructive relations I would add that for stereotyping to cease open and unfettered discussion must take place without threats from radicals Mr Aly is a very accomplished individual academically and in his journalism It is a pity he has stopped writing works on contentious issues at this level

  6. Sammy Sammy says:

    Well written and intelligent unsurprisingly given its author I think this book hovers uncomfortably between academia and popular writing Aly doesn't always challenge himself enough on his beliefs to make this in any way a definitive piece on this vexed issue but he also perhaps in my opinion relies too much on the distant part to justify actions on both sides This though is an ideological difference between myself and Aly so I don't know if it's an issue or just a blindspot for meMore to the point I think it's just dated poorly Written in the BushHowardBlair years with 911 still not that far in the past the debate was very different to where it sits than a decade later The importance of this book was in its relation to the zeitgeist and that zeitgeist has shifted Probably worth picking up a new book even if it's a newer Aly than this one

  7. Bill Porter Bill Porter says:

    Well not finished given up Very worthy hard work started scanning and found I'd missed the point Then convinced myself the context was dated and I should read a recent Waleed Aly production Which I will Suggestions

  8. Surata Surata says:

    I found this to be extremely interesting and educational despite it having been printed in 2007 although it was a difficult read for me it was well worth my time and I will spend many hours thinking of the points brought up and discussed in this book

  9. Gibson Gibson says:

    A well researched and compellingly argued book that seeks understanding across religions in an era of polarisationWhile it is not academic it is polemic and loaded with detail making it a stiff read

  10. Linda Linda says:

    This is an interesting read for anyone at all interested in trying to understand Islam and how the West is responding to it Aly's thesis is that Westerners see Islam in the context of Western history and religion and this is not valid I became a little lost in some of the detailed examinations of the Koran but the book made me think In todays complex world it is good to try and dig a little beneath the headlines

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