By Youssef Courbage,Emmanuel Todd,George Holoch

We are instructed that Western/Christian and Muslim/Arab civilizations are at the verge of destroying one another. The demographics of 1 staff stay slow, whereas the inhabitants of the opposite has exploded, widening the cultural hole and all yet ensuring the outbreak of struggle. Leaving apart the media's sound and fury in this topic, measured research indicates one other fact taking form: rapprochement among those civilizations, benefitting from a common flow guiding humanity because the Enlightenment.

This book's historic and geographical sweep discredits the thought of a selected Islamic demography. the variety of fertility between Muslim girls, for instance, is as different because the spiritual habit between Muslims mostly. even if agnostics, fundamentalist Salafis, or al-Qaeda activists, Muslims are a various crew that proves the immutability and individuality of Islam. Youssef Courbage and Emmanuel Todd think of diverse levels of literacy, patriarchy, and protective reactions between minority Muslim teams the world over, underscoring the big secularization flow spreading all through Arab and Muslim populations. during this regard, they argue, there's little or no to differentiate the evolution of Islam from the heritage of Christianity, with the Muslim international now getting into an international modernity. delicate to demographic variables and their mirrored image of non-public and social truths, Courbage and Todd successfully upend a perilous meme, within which a fractured global is thought to be with reference to trouble as a result of a pandemic of closed cultures and males made assorted by way of religion.

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