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This accessible and deeply informed book examines the threat that Islamic extremists pose to America and provides a balanced and nuanced discussion of the link between Iraq and the war on terror. Explaining the basics of Islam and guiding the reader through the intricacies of each significant fundamentalist group, the Palmers answer key questions: Who are the Muslim extremists and how do they fit within the broader context of the Islamic religion? What is their war plan and how do they operate? Who are their allies and what are their weaknesses? What is the experience of Israel, the Islamic world, and the United States in fighting Muslim extremists? How can they be defeated? The book includes detailed analyses of Hizbullah and the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, the Iraqi clones of Hizbullah, and the Islamic government in Turkey.
[A] sensible and productive set of proposals for understanding Muslim extremism. . . . [The authors] analyze jihadi strategies with a nuanced common sense all too hard to come by in the sometimes sensationalist literature on the topic.
A compelling and extremely well-written analysis of topics that generally suffer serious distortion by the unthinking generalizations of policymakers and the media. The complexity of the Islamic world and the Middle East are made wholly understandable through this excellent and lucid work.
Chapter 1: America's Struggle against Terror: Who is the Enemy?
Chapter 2: Islam, Muslim Extremism, and Anti-Americanism
Chapter 3: The Muslim Brotherhood and the Origin of the Radical-Moderates
Chapter 4: Hamas: The Ascendance of Religious Extremism in the Arab Israeli Conflict
Chapter 5: Hizbullah: A Tale of Three Countries
Chapter 6: Iraqi Hizbullah
Chapter 7: Turkey: A Model for Democratic Islamic Rule?
Chapter 8: The Jihadist Movement and How it Evolved
Chapter 9: The Jihadist War Plan
Chapter 10: The Jihadist War Machine
Chapter 11: The Allies of the Jihadists: Those Who Make Terror Possible
Chapter 12: The Israeli Struggle against Terror and Islamic Extremism: A Guide for the United States
Chapter 13: How America's Allies in the Islamic World Fight Terror
Chapter 14: America, Islamic Extremism and Jihadist Terror