Islam for the Politically Incorrect - Khaled Diab
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Islam for the Politically Incorrect is a book of utmost importance. In these times of fake news, global infantilisation and growing neo-fascism, Khaled Diab's knowledge, experience, humour, lucidity, courage and wisdom are a necessary antidote. This inspiring and timely book is both educational and Monty Pythonesque. A gem.
Journalist and writer. Author of 21st Century Conflicts: Remnants of War(s)
Well researched and amply annotated, Khaled Diab’s Islam for the Politically Incorrect does not pretend to be neutral: it is opinionated as hell. With sharp humour and incisive wit, Diab patiently addresses both friends and detractors of Islam, digging into history, anthropology, political science and even poetry to set the stage for his argumentation on everything from gender roles, to booze, to heretics and reformists. The book will inevitably entertain, and infuriate on both sides of the aisle: an unmissable tour de force.
Mohamed El Dahshan
Economist and award-winning journalist. Author of Tahrir Diaries
Khaled Diab is as generous, as thoughtful and as self-effacing a narrator as you could hope for on this topic. Blending personal anecdote and informed historical research, he explores the complex kaleidoscope of contemporary Islam by focusing not on lines of ancient text but rather the many different lived social, political and economic contexts in which their ideas are understood and contested today. His book could not be more timely.
Award-winning journalist and writer. Author of The Egyptians: A Radical Story
Islam for the Politically Incorrect is an eye-opening journey on a train full of Islamophobes and Islamophiles, where Diab keeps changing his seat, from next to one of them to the other. He bombards the reader with a constant barrage of well-studied arguments and rich reflections on how a human society has been evolving over 14 centuries. Regardless of whether or not you agree with Diab’s views on Islam and Muslims, this book is critically needed and will be highly educational to arrogant academics, hit-and-run journalists, not to mention intellectual pimps and bigoted heads of states.
Journalist and writer. Author of Chocolate Filling: Notes From Under The Belgian Crust