|Editors Note 1
||Paul Berman--one of America's leading public intellectuals (Foreign Affairs)--conducts a searing examination of the West's fumbling efforts to establish a healthy discourse with "moderate" Islam, or to even properly identify what a "moderate" Muslim is. He does so by simultaneously presenting concise and penetrating studies of several of the Muslims we've embraced--such as Tariq Ramadan, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and the Ayatollah Khomeini--and the journalists and intellectuals who first encouraged us to embrace them, such as Michel Foucault in Europe and Ian Buruma in the United States.||His portraits include some surprising revelations. For example, his portrait of Tariq Ramadan--one of the Muslim world's most charismatic and influential figures, with a long career at prominent European universities--advocating peaceful coexistence with the West.||But in his gripping and stylish narrative, Berman details Ramadan's disturbing ties to radical Islam, especially through his grandfather, the founder of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the founding ideology behind al-Qaeda. By comparing Ramadan's own writing with his coverage in the press, Berman touches on many of today's most important issues--contemporary anti-Semitism, anti-feminism, and the presence of homegrown Islamic fundamentalism in the West--and presents a stunning commentary about the media's inability to detect dangerous ideas in contemporary society.