The Future of Islam 

  • by John L. Esposito
  • Narrated by Peter Ganim
  • 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

John L. Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam. Now, in this brilliant portrait of Islam today - and tomorrow - he draws on a lifetime of thought and research to sweep away the negative stereotypes and provide an accurate, richly nuanced, and revelatory account of the fastest-growing religion in the world.
Here Esposito explores the major questions and issues that face Islam in the 21st century and how that will deeply affect global politics. Are Islam and the West locked in a deadly clash of civilizations? Is Islam compatible with democracy and human rights? Will religious fundamentalism block the development of modern societies in the Islamic world? Will Islam overwhelm the Western societies in which so many Muslim immigrants now reside? Will Europe become Eurabia or will the Muslims assimilate? Which Muslim thinkers will be most influential in the years to come? To answer this last question he introduces the listener to a new generation of Muslim thinkers - Tariq Ramadan, Timothy Winter, Mustafa Ceric, Amina Wadud, and others - a diverse collection of Muslim men and women, both the "Martin Luthers" and the "Billy Grahams" of Islam. We meet religious leaders who condemn suicide bombing and who see the killing of unarmed men, women, and children as "worse than murder", who preach toleration and pluralism, who advocate for women's rights. The book often underscores the unexpected similarities between the Islamic world and the West and at times turns the mirror on the US, revealing how we appear to Muslims, all to highlight the crucial point that there is nothing exceptional about the Muslim faith.
Recent decades have brought extraordinary changes in the Muslim world, and in addressing all of these issues, Esposito paints a complex picture of Islam in all its diversity - a picture of urgent importance as we face the challenges of the coming century.


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A must-read

This book should be required reading for high-schoolers in every Western country! If everyone took on board what Dr Esposito is saying we would put a swift end to Islamophobia
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- Rev. David B. Smith

Koolaid flavored

Sorry, I found it antisemetic and he uses statistics to justify the issues of the ideology. Glosses over the facts and ignores the issues of Islam. I know most Muslims are not extremist but he ignores the fact that over and over again people, smart and successful turn to the extremist version. The quotes of antisemetic Muslims is not balanced with positive statements. I found the book often offensive. Clearly John drinks the Muslims koolaid without addressing the broader problems. Instead he compares how moronic many people are with statistics showing the hypocrisy of the west without addressing Islamic history. Stupid people in any country don't justify violence by any group. John never addresses the
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- Paul R. Miller

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-08-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios