Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power

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The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power. By Melanie Phillips. New York: Encounter Books, 2010. 280 pp. $23.95.

Phillips, author of Londonistan,3 has produced another book that underscores the threat that aggressive, political Islam poses to Westem civilization, to the security of Israel, and to non-Muslims in Islamic lands. The scope of The World Turned Upside Down is ambitious, tackling Western pacifism and fatalism, political Islam, anti-Semitism, the dimming of the Enlightenment, Marxism, and even creationism.

Phillips is outspoken about the naivete of Western intellectuals toward the ascent of Islamism in Europe. Her book explores the battle of ideas between advocates for Islam and their secular opponents, the international criminalization of Israel, and the leftist-Islamic alliance in building a Muslim proletariat. It also touches on the decimation of the few remaining pockets of Christianity in the Middle East.

Phillips sometimes trains her sights erratically, taking aim at relatively harmless targets. The author has sarcastic fun with the handful of Hollywood celebrities who have been exploring, if only superficially, the secrets of Jewish mysticism, but what harm has Madonna, a well meaning though not overly educated chanteuse, done to Judaism, or to the West, or to anything else? …

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