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Nothing Abides
Perspectives on the Middle East and Islam

Edited By

Daniel Pipes

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ISBN 9781412856836
Published July 30, 2015 by Routledge
348 Pages

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Book Description

Daniel Pipes has collected some of his sharpest and most prescient writings from the quarter century 1989–2014. In them, he addresses a range of current topics, from the origins of the civil war in Syria to denying the Islamic factor in terrorism, to the way to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict. Pipes pursues two themes in particular: the internal instability of Muslim-majority countries, in which nothing abides, and the expression of Muslims' drive to apply Islamic law.

Pipes' interests concentrate on the Middle East as understood from a historical point of view and on the role of Islam in politics. Divided into five thematic sections, this work addresses the Arab-Israeli conflict, Middle Eastern politics, Islam in modern life, Islam in the West, and individuals connected to American Islam.

Pipes' deep knowledge, gained over forty-five years of study, combined with incisive writing and a well-regarded courage to speak out on controversial topics make Nothing Abides a compelling read for Middle East specialists, students, and the interested public.

Table of Contents


I. The Arab-Israeli Conflict
1. Peace Process or War Process? (2009)
2. The Muslim Claim to Jerusalem (2001)
3. The Hell of Israel Is Better than the Paradise of Arafat (2005)
4. The Year the Arabs Discovered Palestine (1989)
5. Mirror Image: How the PLO Mimics Zionism (1994)
6. The Road to Damascus: What Netanyahu Almost Gave Away in 1998 (1999)

II. Middle Eastern Politics
7. Understanding Middle Eastern Conspiracy Theories (1991)
8. Dealing with Middle East Fears of Conspiracy
9. The Alawi Capture of Power in Syria (1989)
10. The Scandal of US-Saudi Relations (2002)
11. Obituary for Nizar Hamdoon (1944–2003)
12. What Egypt's President Sisi Really Thinks (2014)

III. Islam in Modern Life
13. Can Islam Be Reformed? (2013)
14. You Need Beethoven to Modernize (1998)
15. Denying Islam's Role in Terror: Why? (2013)
16. The Rushdie Rules Ascendant (2010)

IV. Islam in the West
17. Muslim Immigrants in the United States (with Khalid Duran; 2002)
18. CAIR: Islamists Fooling the Establishment (with Sharon Chadha; 2006)
19. Barack Obama's Muslim Childhood (2012)

V. Individuals and American Islam
20. Stealth Islamist: Khaled Abou El Fadl (2004)
21. Waging Jihad through the American Courts (2010)
22. A Palestinian in Texas: Riad Hamad (2012)
23. Lefty for Radical Islam: Dennis Kucinich (2012)


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