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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sharia?
by Mark Tapson
"Sharia-compliant Islam is ascendant." So writes the incomparable Andrew C. McCarthy in his foreword to Andrew Bostom's timely new book, Sharia Versus Freedom: The Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism. And "Western elites have abandoned the field – or better, put it up for sale to Islamic activists and their apologists." This leaves Bostom as "one of the precious few who dare" to put their considerable scholarly energies into exposing sharia for what it truly is.
Dr. Andrew Bostom, Associate Professor of Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, has published articles and commentary on Islam here on FrontPage and in the Washington Times, National Review, American Thinker, and elsewhere in print and online. Bostom is the author of two essential, extraordinary, and meticulously documented works of scholarship, The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History (about which I interviewed him here and here for FrontPage). Now he has built upon and transcended those books with his newest and most important work thus far.
Sharia Versus Freedom is a sobering collection of Bostom's recent essays elucidating what is arguably the most threatening ideology of our time. His distinctive erudition is on full display in this impossibly encyclopedic work. Allow me to break the book down to present an idea of the depth and breadth of its wide-ranging contents:
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