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Faith and Power: The Politics of Islam
Faith and Power: The Politics of Islam
By Edward Mortimer
Random House, 1982, 432 pp

A British journalist accomplishes a tour de force in covering the rise and spread of Islam, its various forms and sects, its political role in a dozen countries, and the so-called Islamic resurgence of the present day-all in a general volume that provides a fine introduction for the non-specialist reader; and the specialists will not easily poke holes in it. The variety and complexity of Islam as a political phenomenon make sweeping generalizations virtually impossible, and Mortimer wisely does not try.