Tariq the Tendentious. "The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihad and Modernity", by Tariq Ali. [review]
Insistently secular, Ali intends his new book, "The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity", to encourage ‘debate within and without the House of Islam’. The book’s strengths, and they are considerable, lie in his exploration of the founding myths and history of the Islamic realms, particularly the current state of affairs in Kashmir, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Egypt and Israel. Though he relies heavily on Chalmers Johnson’s 'blowback' argument, his detailed dissection of the effects of foreign meddling is valuable.