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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 workforce 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 circulate guiding humanity because the Enlightenment.

This book's old and geographical sweep discredits the proposal of a particular Islamic demography. the diversity of fertility between Muslim girls, for instance, is as diverse because the spiritual habit between Muslims commonly. even if agnostics, fundamentalist Salafis, or al-Qaeda activists, Muslims are a various workforce that proves the immutability and individuality of Islam. Youssef Courbage and Emmanuel Todd ponder various levels of literacy, patriarchy, and protective reactions between minority Muslim teams internationally, underscoring the big secularization stream spreading all through Arab and Muslim populations. during this regard, they argue, there's little or no to tell apart the evolution of Islam from the historical past of Christianity, with the Muslim global now moving 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 international is assumed to be as regards to quandary as a result of a pandemic of closed cultures and males made diverse by way of religion.

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