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The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West
     

The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West

by Lorenzo Vidino
 

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In both Europe and North America, organizations tracing their origins back to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist movements have rapidly evolved into multifunctional, richly funded organizations. They now compete to become the major representatives of Western Muslim communities and government interlocutors. Some analysts and policy makers see these

Overview

In both Europe and North America, organizations tracing their origins back to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist movements have rapidly evolved into multifunctional, richly funded organizations. They now compete to become the major representatives of Western Muslim communities and government interlocutors. Some analysts and policy makers see these organizations as positive forces encouraging integration. Others treat them as modern-day Trojan horses that feign moderation while radicalizing Western Muslims.

Lorenzo Vidino brokers a third and more informed view. Having completed more than a decade of research on political Islam in the West, Vidino is keenly qualified to analyze a movement that is as controversial as it is unknown. Conducting in-depth interviews on four continents and sourcing documents in ten languages, Vidino shares the history, methods, views, and goals of the Western Brothers, as well as their phenomenal growth. He then flips the perspective, examining the response to these groups by Western governments, concentrating specifically on Great Britain, Germany, and the United States. Highly informed and thoughtfully presented, Vidino's work sheds light on a critical juncture in Muslim-Western relations and the role Islam plays for a variety of uprooted individuals.

Editorial Reviews

Bruce Hoffman
The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West sheds considerable light on an especially poorly understood phenomenon. Lorenzo Vidino is to be commended for producing a comprehensive overview that is likely to become the standard text on this subject.

Steven Miller
Lorenzo Vidino's illuminating book nicely outlines the challenges faced by Western governments in trying to pursue counter-radicalization policies within their own Muslim populations. Vidino provides a well-informed, thoughtful, and balanced analysis of the dilemmas posed by the potential threat of domestic extremism.

Washington Times - Joshua Sinai
Mr. Vidino's book is essential reading for those concerned about understanding its past past and future activities and directions.

European Legacy - Lavinia Stan
...this volume is a key addition to the literature and a must read for students, academics and practitioners who are interested in understanding an organization that has assumed the role of spokesperson for the ever growing Western Muslim community.

Choice
...informative, well-written....

Economist
Though he remains a sceptic, he provides a wealth of information to let the rest of us make up our minds.

Washington Times
Mr. Vidino's book is essential reading for those concerned about understanding its past past and future activities and directions.

— Joshua Sinai

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231522298
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/22/2010
Series:
Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
455 KB

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Jeffrey M. Bale
The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West contains both a good deal of useful factual information and an informed and balanced analysis of the problems Western governments face in dealing with Muslim Brotherhood-linked organizations. This very important topic has yet to be given the attention it deserves, and Lorenzo Vidino's book fills that gap.

Meet the Author

Lorenzo Vidino is a fellow with the International Security Program's Initiative on Religion in International Affairs at the Belfer Center, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is also a Peace Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace and author of the first book on al Qaeda in Europe, Al Qaeda in Europe: The New Battleground of Global Jihad. Vidino holds a law degree from the University of Milan Law School and a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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