Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis

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EURABIA: THE EURO-ARAB Axis. By BAT YE'oR. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. 384pp. $23.95paper.

Bat YeOr is an Egyptian-born French scholar of Islam who has been in the forefront of those trying to awaken the West to the multiple threats posed by Islam. Her previous books, The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam and Islam and Dbimmitnde, have received extensive attention in these pages (see FT August/September 1997, February 1998, May 2002). The term "Eurabia" was first used with a favorable connotation by Europeans in the early twentieth century who, inspired by a mix of fascist sympathies, anti-Semitism, and fear of American power, worked for the establishment of a French-led imperial hegemony in collusion with Islam. In Bat Ye'or's telling of the post-World War II story, Charles de Gaulle is the central villain and Jacques Chirac, who has stated that "Europe is as much Islamic as Christian," is the faithful heir to his legacy. The book provides copious documentation for the argument that there is a not-very-secret conspiracy between Europe and Arab states to oppose U.S. world influence and, most particularly, American support for Israel. Much deserved attention is paid to the reappearance of anti-Semitism in Europe, as well as to the ways in which churches in the Middle East, supported by those of Europe, are regressing to a Marcionite divorce of Christianity from its Jewish connections. …

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