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Militant Islam Reaches America

Militant Islam Reaches America

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by Daniel Pipes
Long before September 11, 2001, Daniel Pipes publicly warned Americans that militant Islam had declared war on America. Yet sadly, Americans failed to take heed. The publication of Militant Islam Reaches America, the product of over thirty years of research, helped bring the deserved attention to his ideas. Dividing his work into two subjects, Pipes first defines


Long before September 11, 2001, Daniel Pipes publicly warned Americans that militant Islam had declared war on America. Yet sadly, Americans failed to take heed. The publication of Militant Islam Reaches America, the product of over thirty years of research, helped bring the deserved attention to his ideas. Dividing his work into two subjects, Pipes first defines militant Islam, stressing the large and crucial difference between Islam the faith and the ideology of militant Islam. He then discusses Islam in the United States, and how this once distant religion has developed rapidly in the last decade. Among his findings: militant Islam has much in common with fascism and communism; about one in every eight Muslims worldwide supports militant Islam; and militant Islam is not spawned by poverty. With a new chapter (on how professors hide the meaning of jihad), plus a new afterword (about the war in Iraq), the paperback edition of Militant Islam Reaches America enhances what is already widely recognized as an incisive and definitive examination of Islam in politics.

Editorial Reviews

Steven Emerson
Brilliantly demonstrates how Pipes knows his subject.
Robert Kaplan
Unlike other Middle East experts, Daniel Pipes did not need to reinvent himself or revise his opinions after September 11th.
Wall Street Journal
[Pipes is] an authoritative commentator on the Middle East.
Library Journal
The director of the Middle East Forum on the growth of Islamic fundamentalism. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A cri de guerre in which the noted scholar (Conspiracy, 1997, etc.) again urges that militant Islam is an enemy and must be treated as such. The fundamentalist, ahistorical (but not anachronistic), and uncompromising face of Islam does not have much to do with the faith of Muhammad, writes Pipes. By far the great majority of Muslims reject the "Islamicist" program, which resembles fascism and communism more than any flavor of religion, and which, though cloaked in populist garb, is the ideological offspring of "money, education, and privilege"; though it rejects westernizing cultural tendencies, what Pipes brands "Islamicism" in fact is oddly reliant on the West, if only because the West provides a convenient bogeyman. Islamicist regimes, Pipes writes, are far more dangerous than are the "odd shipwrecks" of leftist regimes in the Arab world and, for this reason, must be combated at every turn. Pipes urges that the overarching goal of US foreign policy in the Islamic world be to prevent Islamicist parties such as Hezbollah and, for that matter, the Taliban from coming to power. Echoing Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Pipes also urges that the West simply refuse to engage in dialogue, private or public, with any militant Islamic group, and that it shun any action that might be construed as giving in to or appeasing any Islamicist power or party. Although not all Muslims hate the West, Pipes allows, and although militant Muslims constitute perhaps only 10% of the Muslim population worldwide, he suggests that the US government keep a watchful eye on immigrant Muslims—for, though "American politicians from George W. Bush on down have tripped over themselves to affirm that the vast majorityof Muslims living in the United States are just ordinary folks," that population still harbors a significant body of people who despise America and intend it harm. Highly controversial, at times inflammatory—but worthy of attention and debate in a time of crisis.
Judith Miller - New York Times
“Blunt and passionate.”
National Review
“An extraordinarily useful compendium of basic information and analysis...easily readable by the nonspecialist, yet engaging for scholars as well.”
National Post
“A singular and alarming insight into ideological Islam and the nurturing—at home—of the extremist and terrorist threat.”

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Meet the Author

Daniel Pipes is the director of the Middle East Forum and a columnist for the New York Post and the Jerusalem Post. He has served in the departments of State and Defense and has taught at the University of Chicago and at Harvard University. He lives in Philadelphia.

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Militant Islam Reaches America 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Tim Carter for his perceptive reviews of Militant Islam Reaches America by Daniel Pipes and Why Terrorism Works by Alan Dershowitz ("Two analysts come up empty," Sept. 7). Those familiar with their track records understand that, in writing these books, Pipes and Dershowitz are promoting a point of view that is pro-Israel and anti-Arab/Muslim. As an "associate" of the pro-Israel Washington Institute for Near East Policy, which is connected to like-minded organizations such as the Middle East Forum, the Middle East Research Institute and superhawk Richard Perle's American Enterprise Institute, Pipes has made a career of Arab- and Muslim-bashing. As for Dershowitz, his view of Arabs is well illustrated by the fact that he recently urged Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to destroy entire Palestinian villages in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. It comes as no surprise that he dwells on acts of terror committed by dispossessed Palestinians and ignores the well-documented terrorism and massacres carried out by the Irgun, Stern gang, Palmach and Sharon's "Unit 101." Regarding terrorism, it should be noted that Sept. 16-18 will mark the 20th anniversary of the massacre of at least 2,000 unarmed Palestinian and other Arab civilians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps during Israel's invasion of Lebanon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who suspected that militant Islam is creeping into American society with the intention of "Islamicizing" America will have his suspicions confirmed in a very big way. A must-read, well-documented warning for ALL Americans and especially for U.S. policymakers! A truly "Tell It Like It Is" documentation! Frightening reading yet hard to put down this book. I look forward to reading more of his books. I have seen Mr. Pipes on television many times and my admiration for him has risen even more. It is not at all surprising that apologists for militants are flooding this review page. They DO NOT want you and others to read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pipes provides a perfectly balanced look at the issues involved in the irrational, ideological anti- western, anti-Judeo-Christian hatred espoused by Islamists. The whining of leftist mulitculturalists aside, militant Islam is a pernicious evil which has nothing to offer other than totalitarianism and repression. For those politically-correct folks who are unable (or unwilling) to judge some cultures as objectively better than others, it may be well to remember that your "enlightened social consciousness" and "tolerance for diversity" will be one of the first things radical Islam will destroy if given the opportunity. Radical Islam is the natural outworking of the confused, conflicting statements of the Koran, which range from respecting other "people of the Book" that is, Jews and Christians; to the duty of every follower of Mohammed and worshipper of Allah to "kill the infidel." When Radical Islamists speak of their desire for peace, the multiculturalists among us had best remember that their definition of peace is the imposition of Shari'a law in a Muslim theocracy. Not exactly paradise for the sexually, morally, and ethically liberal political left. Pipes has done an excellent job of demolishing the world of fantasy and myth which the political and academic left have concocted for themselves in regard to Islam.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pipes gives an excellent, in-depth analysis of militant Islamism in all its forms. He is careful not to 'blame Muslims' and points out that it is only a small minority of Muslims that are Islamists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since 9/11/2001 my view has been that, even more than protecting Americans against terrorism, our war against al Qaeda and their like should be about preventing them from ever gaining real political power anywhere in the world. I'm glad that at least one well-known scholar agrees with me. That said, some of Mr. Pipes's assertions - specifically, that American-based Islamists could bring about America's conversion to an Islamic society through proselytization and other existing political and legal means - would have struck me as a bit far-fetched even before the attacks of 9/11/2001, and after those events now seems downright silly to me. Most Americans - including most American Muslims - aren't likely to support or vote for followers of the same ideology that inspired those attacks, and they certainly aren't going to embrace that ideology themselves. In summary, Mr. Pipes's book is a comprehensive and unflinching look at Islam and its mixed relationship with America, but sometimes his arguments go a little over the top.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book contains an important and alarming message for the free world. Its present greatest enemy, an enemy working from within and without is a form of radical fundamentalistic Islam which tolerates no one and nothing which thinks slightly otherwise than it.This radical Islam aims at world domination. Now a major scholar of Islam Daniel Pipes has exposed the increasing place this doctrine of hatred has within the Western world. His insightful analysis shows the distinction between Islam as a historical faith and the brand of extremism now being practiced by groups such as the Hizbollah and Taliban , and their supporters in the West. He makes the case for a greater vigilance on the part of the U.S. and a more active policy in opposing the rise to power of such radical Islamic groups .He too exposes their connection with Anti - Semitism and other forms of hate - group intolerance. This is a first rate work which should be read by everyone who cares about the future of the free world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I advice you not to waste you money buying this book. It is really not worth the money, it doesn¿t give any kind of a balanced or even close to factual view of Islam. Author really has not done his research. I read the book just because I wanted to read what the talk was about, but realizes I WASTED MY MONEY BUYING THIS BOOK!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Militant Crusaders are invading Muslim countries for 1000 years in the name of Crusades, Colonial purpose, and some time for economical development.