In the world many people in America see Islamic and western
governments as opposite sides of a political collision course. The book Islamic Threat,
Myth or reality by, written by John l. Esposito, and published in 1992 by The Oxford
University Press, mainly discussed Middle Eastern history and many misconceptions that
have and can lead to future problems. The Middle Eastern history discussed in this book
is very accurate in compassion to the course.
One of the main things Esposito discusses is the misuse of the word
Islamic Fundamentalist. It's misused because Islamic Fundamentalist refers to either
someone who wants to bring back the fundamental beliefs of Islam or if you interoperate
the Koran literally as the word of God. An Islamic Fundamentalist is also a person who
wished to replicate Islamic past. To see it this way categorizes many fundamentalist in
the wrong sense that people in the west use the word.
A lot of times people of the west
use the word to mean people of organizations, who are politically active, extreme,
Fanatical, a terrorist or Anti - American. Most Islamic Fundamentalist are none of these
Few individuals in the middle east whish to return to or replicate the past, many people
regarded as Islamic Fundamentalists are actually very modern. Most of the views of the
west towards the Middle East are clouded by their idea of Islamic Fundamentalist and
This book is also about the misunderstanding of Islamic Organizations.
Much of the recent spread of Islam is due to modern Islamic Organizations, not Islamic
Fundamentalists. They have been focused on by western governments and Islamic
government as well. This is because the Islamic governments realize that some of them
will do anything necessary to get what they want. Most westerners see all of these