Bruce Bawer lives in Norway and has lived in The Netherlands. He has seen the creeping Islamization of Europe in chilling detail, and he has now chronicled it in While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam Is Destroying the West From Within. This book is essential reading — where Eurabia explicates the theory, Bawer shows that theory being put into harrowing practice.
Here’s a review of Bawer’s book from the Philadelphia Inquirer:
If the ongoing “Battle of Khartoon” (let’s give it some historical resonance) proves anything, it’s that many otherwise well-educated Westerners remain illiterate about Islam.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the editors of Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten newspaper didn’t understand when they published their visual bombshells that some strains of Islam (but not all) oppose depiction of Muhammad. Consider that just one gap in knowledge that new books like Bruce Bawer’s While Europe Slept help close….
Bruce Bawer’s While Europe Slept, published this month, provides an extraordinarily timely and incisive complement to such works. His topic is far fresher, one rarely explained to Americans because of our shrinking coverage of Europe: the astounding growth of Muslim communities there over the last 30 years, and how they interact with traditionally Christian societies.
Bawer, a gay, neoconservative American literary critic from New York who has lived in Amsterdam (now more than half non-Dutch) and, since 1997, in Oslo, energetically reports here what happens between the terrorist incidents that prod mainstream American media to brief coverage: the everyday tensions of a Europe that, for the first time in many centuries, must face substantial Islamic populations and ambitions.
In Bawer’s view, Western Europe is becoming a “house divided against itself.” On the one hand, the educated European elite maintains an unshakable “belief in peace and reconciliation through dialogue,” a faith (their only remaining faith) that every issue can be resolved without violence.
Read it all.