The Last Crusade: Americanism and the Islamic Reformation

The Last Crusade: Americanism and the Islamic Reformation

by Michael A Palmer
     
 

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The United States, argues Michael A. Palmer, is engaged in a political crusade to modernize the Islamic world. Americanism is in the vanguard of modernity's relentless advance, promoting democratic institutions and capitalist markets. To compete, Islamic societies must adopt a more secular and materialistic approach, as have the West and South and East Asia. But these… See more details below

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The United States, argues Michael A. Palmer, is engaged in a political crusade to modernize the Islamic world. Americanism is in the vanguard of modernity's relentless advance, promoting democratic institutions and capitalist markets. To compete, Islamic societies must adopt a more secular and materialistic approach, as have the West and South and East Asia. But these principles conflict with Islamic fundamentals.

American actions have not provoked this conflict, nor can American withdrawal end it, Palmer contends. Islam's failure to modernize is the root cause of the current situation. Bin Laden and other jihadists understand, correctly, that if Islam is to avoid the secularism and materialism that come with modernity, they must Islamize the West by force.

Editorial Reviews

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The Last Crusade is a pick for not just Middle East collections but for history, political and social issues holdings at both the college and public library lending levels.”

". . . .a challenging and provocative read. The final chapter alone is worth the cost of the book."

"The Last Crusade accurately places the Islamist enemy in historical context and offers an excellent guide for Americans to understand that victory implies modernizing the Muslim world, and nothing less."

Praise for Michael A. Palmer’s Guardians of the Gulf: A History of America's Expanding Role in the Persian Gulf, 1833-1992:

"An important study of a truly important subject . . . objective, perceptive, and comprehensive."

"There is a vacuum of historic perspective in Americans’ understanding of our involvement in the Persian Gulf. Michael Palmer fills the vacuum with new material and new perspective tightly written and ably told."

". . . highly recommended for any definitive college-level holding on Islamic history, culture, or terrorism issues."

Daniel Pipes

"The Last Crusade accurately places the Islamist enemy in historical context and offers an excellent guide for Americans to understand that victory implies modernizing the Muslim world, and nothing less."—Daniel Pipes, director, Middle East Forum
Zbigniew Brzezinski

Praise for Michael A. Palmer’s Guardians of the Gulf: A History of America's Expanding Role in the Persian Gulf, 1833-1992:

"An important study of a truly important subject . . . objective, perceptive, and comprehensive."—Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser and author of The Grand Failure: The Birth and Death of Communism in the Twentieth Century

John Lehman

"There is a vacuum of historic perspective in Americans’ understanding of our involvement in the Persian Gulf. Michael Palmer fills the vacuum with new material and new perspective tightly written and ably told."—John Lehman, former secretary of the Navy
Military Review

"A challenging and provocative read. The final chapter alone is worth the cost of the book."—Military Review
Midwest Book Review

The Last Crusade is a pick for not just Middle East collections but for history, political and social issues holdings at both the college and public library lending levels.”—Midwest Book Review
California Bookwatch

"Highly recommended for any definitive college-level holding on Islamic history, culture, or terrorism issues."—California Bookwatch

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597970624
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
11/30/2006
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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