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May 26

The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis

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People today are shocked and frightened by the behavior coming out the Islamic world – not only because it is violent, but also because it is seemingly inexplicable.  While many explanations have been offered as to “what went wrong” in the Muslim world, no one has decisively answered why it went wrong.  In The Closing of the Muslim Mind, Robert R. Reilly locates the roots of contemporary troubles in a pivotal struggle that occurred within the Muslim world nearly a millennium ago.  It was a battle over the role of reason – and the side of irrationality won.  The theology that resulted, Reilly posits, produced a fertile field for Islamism, and now constitutes the chief obstacle to finding common ground with the Islamic world.  In the view of former National Security Advisor John Poindexter, this book is “meticulously researched … must-read for today’s national security leaders.”

Robert R. Reilly is a Senior Fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council and has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, and National Review, among many other publications.  A former director of the Voice of America, he has taught at the National Defense University and served in the White House and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  Reilly is also a member of the board of the Middle East Media Research Institute.

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