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Would you listen to From Fatwa to Jihad again? Why?
No, I would buy the text version and read it. The book itself is excellent so far (I am about half way through), but the narrator uses highly exaggerated and often sarcastic tones, particularly when others are being quoted, which gives the audio book an annoyingly cartoon-ish quality which is entirely out of sync with the subject matter.
What other book might you compare From Fatwa to Jihad to and why?
Islam and the Myth of Confrontation by Fred Halliday, an excellent work which tears down Huntington's mind numbingly shallow 'clash of civilizations' thesis.
How could the performance have been better?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is a well-researched, intelligent history of the changing attitudes to race and religion in the UK and the wider world over the last sixty years. Malik clearly describes the series of events, explains their links and significance, and quotes a variety of sources and interviews enabling the listener to understand the many relevant viewpoints.
Although the book is complicated, Malik presents his case clearly and this is not some dry history of names and dates, but an engaging tale to which I enjoyed listening. So enjoyed, in fact, that I now have a shortlist of other quoted books and authors to search out.
My only criticism would be that the narrator, while he did a good job of the many voices and accents, did occasionally stumble over phrases and perhaps could have been allowed to re-record these passages?
4 of 4 people found this review helpful