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									The Shade of Swords
Author: M.J Akbar
Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Preface Introduction Introduction to revised edition 1. Chapter and verse 2. The joys
of death: A bargain with Allah 3. Rebellions in the dark of night 4. A map of Islam 5. Circle of Hell 6. Allah!
Muhammad! Saladin! 7. The doors of Europe 8. Jihad in teh East: A crescent over Delhi 9. The holy sea:
Pepper and power 10. The bargain goes sour 11. The wedge and the gate 12. History as anger, Jihad as
non-violence 13. Islam in danger zone 14. Jinnah Redux and the age of Osama 15. Karbala reversed:
Saddam, Bush and the Shia Jihad Glossary A suggested reading list Thumbnail sketches A Relevant
calandar Index
Description

The Shade of Swords is the first cohesive history of Jihad, written by one of India's leading journalists and
writers. In this paperback edition, updated to show how and why Saddam Hussein repositioned himself
as a Jihadi against America, M.J. Akbar explains the struggle between Islam and Christianity. Placing
recent events in a historical context, he tackles the tricky question of what now for Jihad following the
collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime.With British and American troops in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and
once again in Iraq, the potential for Jihadi recruitment is ever increasing. Explaining how Jihad thrives on
complex and shifting notions of persecution, victory and sacrifice, and illustrating how Muslims
themselves have historically tried both to direct and control the phenomenon of Jihad, Akbar shows how
Jihad pervades the mind and soul of Islam, revealing its strength and significance.To know the future, one
needs to understand the past. M.J. Akbar's The Shade of Swords holds the key.
Reviews

'An excellent new book by the distinguished Indian journalist M.J. Akbar traces the centuries-long history
of the conflict between Islam and Christianity, inflamed today by the world dominance of the US.



'An excellent new book by the distinguished Indian journalist M.J. Akbar traces the centuries-long history
of the conflict between Islam and Christianity, inflamed today by the world dominance of the US.

								
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