Engaging the Muslim World

By Juan Cole
(Palgrave MacMillan, Hardcover, 9780230607545, 282pp.)

Publication Date: March 2009

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Western society is suffering from Islam Anxiety--the product of fear-mongering and misinformation. There is a desperate need to debunk the myths concerning Islam in order to improve the political and ideological understanding between Muslim countries and their Western counterparts. Juan Cole, already celebrated for his rejection of stereotypes and his insistence on taking all perspectives into account, carefully sorts through and addresses all the major issues in Western - Muslim relations, including: terrorism, gas and petroleum dependence on the volatile Oil Gulf, the uncertainties of the Iraq War, and the little-understood regimes in Iran and Saudi Arabia.

With clear-eyed determination, Cole separates spin from fact, providing substantive recommendations for the next administration on how to engage with key countries such as Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. Finally, Cole reveals how we can repair the damage of the disastrous foreign policy of the last eight years and forge ahead on a path of peace and prosperity.

About the Author
Juan Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. He is the author of "Engaging the Muslim World "and "Napoleon's Egypt". He has been a regular guest on "PBS NewsHour" and has also appeared on "ABC" "World News", "Nightline", the "Today "show, "Charlie Rose", "Anderson Cooper 360", "The Rachel Maddow Show", "The Colbert Report", "Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera America", and many others. He has commented extensively on al-Qaeda and the Taliban, Iraq, the politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Syria, and Iranian domestic struggles and foreign affairs. He has a regular column on TruthDig.com. Visit JuanCole.com.
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