The book you must read to understand the Islamist crisis--and the threat to us all Robert R. Reilly's eye-opening book masterfully explains the frightening behavior coming out of the Islamic world. Terrorism, he shows, is only one manifestation of the spiritual pathology of Islamism. Reilly uncovers the root of our contemporary crisis: a pivotal struggle waged within the Muslim world nearly a millennium ago. In a heated battle over the role of reason, the side of irrationality won. The deformed theology that resulted, Reilly reveals, produced the spiritual pathology of Islamism, and a deeply dysfunctional culture. The Closing of the Muslim Mind solves such puzzles as: - why the Arab world stands near the bottom of every measure of human development - why scientific inquiry is nearly dead in the Islamic world - why Spain translates more books in a single year than the entire Arab world has in the past thousand years - why some people in Saudi Arabia still refuse to believe man has been to the moon Delving deeper than previous polemics and simplistic analyses, The Closing of the Muslim Mind provides the answers the West has so desperately needed in confronting the Islamist crisis. Brilliant and groundbreaking . . . Should be read by anyone who wants to understand one of the most fundamental causes of conflict in the twenty-first century. --National Review Online May offer the key to both understanding and perhaps defeating the ongoing war of terror against the West. --American Spectator A must-read for today's national security leaders. --John M. Poindexter, National Security Advisor to President Reagan
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 a member of the board of the Middle East Media Research Institute and lives near Washington, D.C.