The Shade of Swords
Jihad and the Conflict between Islam and Christianity
by M. J. Akbar
Routledge, $25, 272 pp.
Muslim Indian journalist M. J. Akbar sets out to chronicle the history of "jihad" (popularly but sometimes misleadingly translated as "holy war") from the seventh century to the present day. His purpose is to provide a context for understanding what he calls "one Islamic response to the perceived world-domination by the United States...[J]ihad stands out through its ability to shift the tides of history on a day like 11 September 2001."...
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