The Corner

Islamophilia

I have never ordered an e-book, but here comes my first: Douglas Murray’s Islamophilia: A Very Metropolitan Malady, an analysis by the brilliant British columnist of the reaction to the slaughter of Lee Rigby. From the book’s website:

ISLAMOPHILIA shows how so many . . . have, at some point chosen to abandon any hope or wish to criticize Islam and instead decided to profess some degree of love for it. Love, that Murray points out in the book, is often irrational and certainly misguided: Murray is not afraid to name and shame, and the book’s tour includes novelists Sebastian Faulks and Martin Amis, Boris Johnson, South Park, Tony Blair, Ridley Scott, David Cameron, Liam Neeson, Justin Bieber, Random House Publishers, the BBC, Richard Dawkins, the Prince of Wales and even George Bush. Yes, George Bush.

“They may have done this for a range of good and bad reasons.  Some of them have to done it to save other people.  Some of them have done it to save themselves.  Some of them have done it because they are too stupid to do anything else and others because clever people can be really dumb at times.”

Murray then goes to detail the extraordinary strategic cultural efforts made in recent years to “rewrite the last few millennia of history, minimising and denigrating the impact of actual scientists and promoting the claims of Islamic proselytisers” and he has fighting words for the version of history depicted by Ridley Scott and others in Hollywood.

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