November 5, 2010

Madeleine Albright Reviews “What’s Right with Islam”

Earlier this week, Madeline Albright posted the following review of Imam Feisal’s latest book, What’s Right With Islam Is What’s Right With America, on Foreign Affairs. Madeleine Albright was U.S. Secretary of State in 1997-2001.

Below is an exceprt of Ms. Albright’s review:

Nearly a decade after 9/11, communications between Muslims and the West (including Muslims in the West) remain plagued by mutual suspicion and ignorance. Efforts to remedy this have been useful in generating dialogue and good ideas, but there is still a long way to go. Rauf gets to the heart of the matter in What’s Right With Islam Is What’s Right With America. Of Egyptian heritage and now based in New York, Rauf is well positioned to identify principles that are common both to the United States’ founding documents and to the Abrahamic religions. His thesis is that the Islamic ideal is far closer to the democratic thesis than to the dynastic doctrines that hold sway in many Muslim-majority states. This reality, if understood more broadly, could open the door to improved policy outcomes in areas of conflict, more accurate media depictions on all sides, and a healthier understanding of religion’s role in public life. Read More…

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