The emergence of Islamic fundamentalism has added a new theological dimension to Muslim-Jewish relations and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Past Trials & Present Tribulations examines this dimension from the perspective of the "godfather" of Islamic fundamentalism, the Egyptian activist and writer, Sayyid Qutb. The author provides a translation of, and commentary on, Qutb's essay "Our Struggle with the Jews", explaining how Qutb applied ancient Islamic doctrine and experience to contemporary circumstances. This book is the first detailed textual study of an important document of modern Islamic fundamentalist thought on the Jews. Its focus upon the doctrinal dimension of the Middle Eastern conflict marks a significant departure from the more usual political and military emphasis given to the subject.
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Nettler argues that those who would see the Arab-Israel conflict as merely one over material resources or a Palestinean homeland seriously deceive themselves or are ignorant of anti-Jewish discourse deeply embedded in Islamic texts...A useful acquisition for academic and public libraries.
The wealth of knowledge and insight Nettler packs into this brief study ensures its lasting importance to the discussion of Muslim-Jewish relations.
...a valuable work on modern Islamic Fundamentalist doctrine as it related to the Jews.
Tikkun Vol 3 No 6
One of the very few works of modern scholarship to look at Muslim fundamentalism specifically from a Jewish angle has recently been reprinted by the Pergamon Press. Past Trials and Present Tribulations: a Muslim fundamentalist's view of the Jews by Ronald L Nettler, was first published in 1987. It contains a complete translation of 'Our Struggle with the Jews', a seminal work of modern Islamic fundamentalism by one of its leading idealogists, the Egyptian writer Sayyid Qutb, who was executed by Nasser in 1986.
Tamara Sonn, St John College, Rochester, NY
...useful summaries of some of those aspects of contemporary monotheism associated with the term “fundamentalism”
Journal of Ecumenical Studies
...provides in eloquent language an excellent account of a dangerously hostile trend that is rapidly gaining currency throughout the Islamic communities of the world.
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Book Description Pergamon, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110080347916