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January 23rd, 2008, 22:14
Some of my self help books from various threads came yesterday, so I'm now swimming in erudition. My husband snatched the Krugman book(Peddling Prosperity) so last night I started Islam:A Short History by Karen Armstrong.

It is indeed very clear and readable, and puts Prime Junta's remark about
…one thing that seriously skews our perceptions and policies in the Middle East is that we (Westerners) have a really deep-seated, almost built-in craving for resolution…The Middle East just doesn't work like that. Things just go on and on and on, for centuries or even thousands of years.
into perspective. (Sorry Prime J, I really like that quote.)
Only a few chapters along as yet, but I have to say I'm amazed at the disputation level amongst the early believers, although I probably shouldn't be. I seem to recall similar stuff about the early Christians….not to mention the Old Testament. The other book of hers I found on sale was The Great Transformation:The Beginning of our Religious Traditions, which apparently talks about these three belief systems in relation to each other, which should shed some light on that.

Where there's smoke, there's mirrors.
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