Although I have great respect for Cole’s commentary on the left I have also been a bit puzzled by his take on Islam (I have not read this intriguing book however). ///Update: just discovered a Kindle edition of the book I can afford at AMZ for $2.99///
The link below which I can’t endorse as such confirms my suspicions about the scholarship on Islam and the difficulty of getting it straight in any direction.
Conventional scholars are often untrustworthy: consider the confusion over 9/11: Muslims have been subjected to one of the most terrible distortions in history in the way the false flag operation of the US and probably Israel/Mossad manufactured the war on terror in the genocidal cabal that produced so much mayhem in the middle east.
Scholars who are still confused here or else part of the cover-up (like Chomsky, I suspect)are untrustworthy on the spot. It takes less than an hour to find the material on this question and to see that despite the complexity of the discussion the conventional account is atrocious propaganda.
In equal and opposite directions one must confront the massive disinfo on jihad somewhere between figures like Spenser and…Cole.
Assessing the Taliban in terms of the ‘real’ Islam is of tremendous importance but after experiencing the dark of global Sufism and is fringe figures like Gurdjieff I am wary of almost anything said about Sufism, and thence Islam. The status of ‘Christian or ‘Jewish (Chinese???) Sufism is a strange sideshow of dangerous occult figures and proto-fascists. And figures like Ouspensky as reactionaries in search of sufism have seeded the realm of the Alt-Right figures like Bannon.
Cole might write a book on sufism, with some good annotation of spiritual cannibalism