Book Reviews Archive


Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood and the (Un)making of Terrorists

In this review of Scott Atran's book, Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood and the (Un)making of Terrorists (HarperCollins, 2010), Michael Bond examines Atran's field research on the social dynamics of terrorism, and points out that despite popular understanding, many of the so-called "Islamic" terrorists were not educated in religous schools.  This and other work [...]

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America’s Four Gods

Review of the book "America's Four Gods;" authors Paul Froese and Christopher Bader say that 95 percent of Americans believe in God, but that conflicts occur because people's views of God are so radically different.

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The Role of Religion in 21st Century Public Schools

This review evaluates a collection of essays on much of the controversial issues on religion in public schools, although most of the issues relate to the United States (with the exception of one on Denmark).

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Transforming Faith: The Story of Al-Huda and Islamic Revivalism Among Urban Pakistani Women

In Transforming Faith, Sadaf Ahmad explores the role of Al-Huda, a women’s Islamic religious school, in promoting the spread of a particular kind of Islam, especially among educated middle- and upper-class women in Islamabad, Pakistan.  Publisher Syracuse University Press (2009)

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Reading With Allah–Madrasas in West Bengal

Review of book by Nilanjana Gupta on Madrasas in West Bengal. The book examines the history of madrasas in West Bengal, reports on empirical research on different kinds of madrasas,and discusses the blending of modern and Islamic education in some of these madrasas.

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