|04 Sep 2002
`It is time that the international community freed itself from the calculus of terror and directed all its energy towards building a just and terror-free world.’
This passionate plea is made in a new book to be released next week, The Quest For Sanity: Reflections on September 11 And The Aftermath published by The Muslim Council of Britain.
In the first major work of its kind incorporating the Muslim perspective, The Quest For Sanity is a collection of over thirty papers by both Muslim and non-Muslim specialists about the wide-ranging impact of the Sept 11 terrorist attacks, with a special focus on how it affected British Muslims.
The book examines:
· Islamic teachings about dealing with non-Muslims and living in a multi-faith state
· The historical roots of Islam in Britain
· The role of the British media in fuelling Islamophobia: the irrational fear of Islam and Muslims
· Case studies and personal accounts of how Sept 11 affected British Muslims
· Implications of the ‘war on terror’ for future world order
The Quest For Sanity contains many uplifting moments, including, the wonderful story of an American Muslim whose life was saved by an orthodox Hasidic Jew while he was struggling to escape from the fallout of the collapse of the Twin Towers.
This book is useful reading for all those concerned with issues of peace and social order: indeed, for all those who want to strive to make this a terror-free world.
To order copies of The Quest For Sanity (£12.75 each, plus P&P) please contact the MCB on 0208-9039650 or to order online go to www.mcb.org.uk/books. Credit card transactions are accepted.