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For more than a generation, the idea that the end of the Cold War would be succeeded by a new conflict—between Islam and the West—has dominated. At first, with the events of 9/11, this thesis seemed prophetic, but as Peter Oborne shows in his remarkable and important new book, The Fate of Abraham, it could not be more wrong and it continues to cause huge damage around the world, with disastrous consequences.

Oborne shows how the concept of an existential clash is a dangerous and destructive fantasy. Many in influential positions in governments across the West have suggested that Islam is trying to overturn our liberal values and even that certain Muslims are conspiring to take over the state. But in reality, these fears merely echo past debates, as when from Tudor times to the 19th-century Catholics were the target of Protestant suspicion; once Catholics were incorporated into the state, it was Jews who were treated with hostility by a Christian nation. Now we are repeating the pattern.

With murderous attacks on Muslims taking place from Bosnia in 1995 to China today, Oborne dismantles the lies and falsehoods that lie behind them, and he opens the way to a clearer and more truthful mutual understanding that will benefit us all in the long run.

©2022 Peter Oborne (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, UK

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Very well put together in 5 parts,

Peter gives great context to events that I have known about growing up in the west, I learned about many historical events that I was unaware of. This has given me a clearer understanding of why Islam is perceived in a such a negative way.

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A great read! Well researched!

The only thing I’d say is Islam is a religion and not a culture. Writers need to make this distinction more clear.

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Exceptionally Revealing and informative

I have read and listened to so many books, but a book so detailed, well researched and accurate is very rare to find. I couldn't recommend this book enough, whatever you do, please take time out of your busy schedule to read this book to educate and inform yourself.

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Excellent and challenging book

I have been impressed by other books by this author and was interested to see what he had to say on this subject. It was very informative, well researched and rather disturbing. It is always good to keep challenging our received ideas and to be prepared to think carefully about things we have heard about other people, many of which can often be wrong.