We are so impressed with academic qualifications that it is easy for PhDs and professorships to disguise breathtaking intellectual sloppiness. Read this piece of slack, journalistic hackery and be amazed. Repeatedly, Pipes makes large claims about the nature of modern Islam based on second- or third-hand accounts and relying, too often, on only one dubious source. If this was a thesis submitted for consideration by his peers, it would be sent back with a brusque “Rewrite and research”. Pipes’s claim to fame is that after September 11, he was said to be the one person who predicted the rise of militant Islam. In reality, if this book is an indication, he belongs to that tradition of American fear-mongering, which started with the Salem witch trials and which often produces insular hysteria as a self-fulfilling prophecy”¦


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