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Reconciliation: Islam, Democracy, and the West (2008)

por Benazir Bhutto, Mark Siegel

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Writing a few months prior to her assassination, Bhutto explores the complicated history between the Middle East and the West. She traces the roots of international terrorism across the world, including American support for Pakistani general Zia-ul-Haq, who destroyed political parties, eliminated an independent judiciary, marginalized NGOs, suspended the protection of human rights, and aligned Pakistani intelligence agencies with the most radical elements of the Afghan mujahideen. She speaks out not just to the West, but to the Muslims across the globe who are at a crossroads between the past and the future, between education and ignorance, between peace and terrorism, and between dictatorship and democracy. Democracy and Islam are not incompatible, and the clash between Islam and the West is not inevitable.--From publisher description.… (mais)
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It's unfortunate that she was assassinated earlier in the year, because had she stayed alive and been elected, Pakistan may have been able to evolve more toward democracy and away from militant radicalism. Her book also describes reforms and policies she would have pursued had she lived to have been elected. She did not subscribe the idea that Islam and Democracy are incompatible, and explains why. I'll be interested if the leaders of her Party will have the strength and support to put her policies in place and survive her radical opponents. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
The author's magnus opus, Benazir Bhutto, who served as Prime Minister of Pakistan (1988-90, 1993-96), and who was the first woman to lead an ostensibly democratic government in a Muslim majority state, Bhutto spells out her liberal/social-democratic views for Pakistan. Shortly before the book's release, Bhutto was assassinated. ( )
  TJ_Petrowski | Aug 3, 2019 |
Heel het boek is er een aanklacht van de interpretatie van de islam door de islam en de westerse wereld. De moslims hebben grote problemen met de westerse ideeën over secularisme en modernisme. Beiden zouden de afgelopen eeuw de islamitische wereld negatief hebben veranderd door de vernietiging van islamistische waarden en sociale structuren. De islamitische landen probeerden de westerse economische politieke modellen te gebruiken maar met armoede en despotisme tot gevolg. De Verenigde Staten en het Westen worden verantwoordelijk gehouden voor deze twee kwalen en worden daarom als legitieme doelwitten beschouwd door degenen in de islamitische wereld die in confrontatie geloven in plaats van samenwerking.
Toen de gevoelens van democratie kwam in de oosterse islamistische wereld besliste de Westerse mogendheden om hun eigen belangen zelfs door middel van militair ingrijpen te beschermen en in te grijpen. De Verenigde Staten en andere Westerse mogendheden ondersteunden veelal een staatsgreep en verkozen het daaropvolgend dictatoriaal bewind boven de democratie die er zou kunnen komen. De belangen van het Westen waren tot schade van de plaatselijke bevolking meestal gecentreerd rond de eigen behoeften en ook het eigen anticommunistische beleid. Dus zullen weinigen tegenspreken dat de koloniale ervaring in de hele islamitische wereld een sterk verzwakkende invloed heeft gehad op de ontwikkeling van democratische gebruiken, verkiezingen en bestuur. ( )
  nepalbert | Dec 21, 2016 |
This book is something of a slow burner: after fifty pages I almost gave up, after a hundred, I was gripped. I am not a diplomat, or of any other profession giving me an insight into the Middle East, but this book oozes common sense.

Benazir Bhutto pulls no punches, she lays blame on the West, particularly the UK and America but, she also berates the countries of the region. This would have been a worthwhile read, in its self, but Bhutto offers practical ways forward that should be taken by both sides and, it is hard to see that, were even a small part of her suggested schemes implemented, that relations between the west and the Middle East would not improve immeasurably.

The desperately depressing thing about this book is that I was able to buy it for £1 from Pound Stretchers! A work, such as this, ought to be read by every citizen of the world! We need more understanding, the desire to work together to improve life for all God's children, however they pray to him. ( )
1 vote the.ken.petersen | Oct 12, 2010 |
In this book, Bhutto's thesis is that democracy and Islam are not mutually exclusive. To that end, she quotes the Quran a lot, noting that civil rights are guaranteed for both men and women according to the Quran, but that tribal law has often superseded the Quran itself when official interpretations were set down. Also to prove her point that Islam and democracy are not mutually exclusive, she gives a brief history of a number of Muslim countries, noting that their ups and downs with the democratic experience are often the result of colonialism and/or Western meddling. As a counterweight, she also includes a brief history of a number of non-Muslim countries that had similar problems as a result of colonialism or other interference from large Western powers, most notably Great Britain and the United States. However, despite her many claims of the West's mistreatment of the Muslim world, she also acknowledges that Islamic countries need to take their share of the blame as well. She then moves on to a lengthier history of her home country, Pakistan, and comments some on her own personal journey in Pakistani politics. The following section, the most unrelated to her thesis (in my opinion), discusses the possibility of the inevitable clash between the Western and Islamic worlds (a possibility which she believes can be avoided). She concludes with recommendations for how democracy can be supported through fighting poverty, promoting education, and empowering women and for how reconciliation between the West and Muslim countries can be achieved, with suggestions including a 21st century Marshall plan.

It's an informative work, although you do have to do a bit of work to separate the absolute facts from Bhutto's politics. In terms of writing style, the book suffers somewhat from being a bit rambling and redundant at times. Perhaps Bhutto’s thoughts would have been better suited as a long essay than a book-length work (or two long essays - one on democracy in the Islamic world and one on the so-called clash of civilizations). As it is, it seems as though Bhutto was writing almost stream-of-consciousness at times, without realizing that she had already said something nearly identical or that she moved from one topic to another without transition. Nevertheless, her clear intelligence makes this situation better than it would be in less able hands. For audiophiles, Rita Wolf was a fine choice for narrator in the audio version. However, in hindsight, Bhutto's autobiographical Daughter of Destiny would probably have been a better choice for me. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Jun 4, 2010 |
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Writing a few months prior to her assassination, Bhutto explores the complicated history between the Middle East and the West. She traces the roots of international terrorism across the world, including American support for Pakistani general Zia-ul-Haq, who destroyed political parties, eliminated an independent judiciary, marginalized NGOs, suspended the protection of human rights, and aligned Pakistani intelligence agencies with the most radical elements of the Afghan mujahideen. She speaks out not just to the West, but to the Muslims across the globe who are at a crossroads between the past and the future, between education and ignorance, between peace and terrorism, and between dictatorship and democracy. Democracy and Islam are not incompatible, and the clash between Islam and the West is not inevitable.--From publisher description.

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