Islam and The New Totalitarianism
About The Author
Robert Corfe is well-qualified as the author of this book on the problem of contemporary Islam. As a businessman working in the Middle East, he has long had successful contacts with Gulf Arabs and other Islamic peoples in the region as well as back home in Britain. As an established author of repute he is well known for his books, Deism and Social Ethics, The Democratic Imperative, Populism Against Progress, The Future of Politics, and his works on social capitalism. The present book is a penetrating study of Islamic society and the psychosis that can arise through excess religiosity. Comparisons are made with other societies in the past that have found themselves in a similar situation with Islam today, and in this the author finds hope for a harmonious settlement in the future between the Islamic and non-Islamic worlds.
About The Book
The Islamic threat is possibly the most disturbing political issue of our time, as it impacts on the fears of so many ordinary people. The propagation of puritanical Wahabism, through the oil wealth of the Gulf States, ensures that its ideology is spread worldwide as the most influential force in the world today.
The entire thinking and life-style of Muslims is dictated by religious demands to the exclusion of anything regarded as profane. Such a mindset established by the Prophet Mohammed and his followers, is long enshrined in tradition, and remains to the present day. Hence God is the single authority and his commands are interpreted through holy text alone. It is the exclusion of a secular dimension, with its appeal to independent reason that defines Islam as a totalitarian movement.
The problem in the non-Islamic world, especially in Western Europe, is the penetration of nation states by a proselytising religious totalitarianism on democratic societies. The variety of means in attempting to achieve this, and the subtlety of the methods, is the subject of this book. The main objection of non-Muslims to the penetration of their culture is the creation of pseudo-legal structures, or a state within the state, e.g., their own parliament,” or the announcement of no-go zones, or the establishment of Sharia courts with no legal authority.
The resistance of Muslims to the idea of integration leaves them with two alternatives only: either they must create their own mini-states within the state, or else they must attempt by subtler means to seize control of leading administrative institutions. Muslims in Britain are engaged in both the above alternatives, as witnessed by their numbers and close cooperation in both Houses of Parliament, and their power in local government councils nationwide.
Through a sociological and objective approach that appreciates the religious priorities of Islamic people, this book attempts to find a harmonious middle path to ensure a lasting concord between two contrasting civilisations.