A review of The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In by Hugh Kennedy. Muslim democracy an oxymoron? A review of Democracy in Muslim Societies. Islam and the future: Egyptian-born Nonie Darwish has been denounced as an infidel for attempting to promote reconciliation between Israelis and Arabs. Found in translation: A new initiative to translate important books into Arabic has announced the first 100 titles — and its a pretty good start. From The American Conservative, an article on Islamofascism, the imaginary adversary. Timothy Garton Ash on how "Islamofascists" and "Islamists" are not the right labels. But Muslim opinion leaders must condemn violent jihadists. A review of The Politics of the Veil by Joan Wallach Scott.