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The World Almanac of Islamism: 2011
     

The World Almanac of Islamism: 2011

by American Foreign Policy Council
 

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From Western Europe to Asia, from the Middle East to the Horn of Africa, societies are finding themselves under growing assault from radical Islamist forces. In some countries, such as Spain and France, the challenge posed by radical Islam is still limited in scope and embryonic in nature. But in others, including Somalia and Pakistan, it poses a mortal danger to the

Overview

From Western Europe to Asia, from the Middle East to the Horn of Africa, societies are finding themselves under growing assault from radical Islamist forces. In some countries, such as Spain and France, the challenge posed by radical Islam is still limited in scope and embryonic in nature. But in others, including Somalia and Pakistan, it poses a mortal danger to the future of the existing state. The World Almanac of Islamism is the first comprehensive reference work to detail the global reach of Islamism across six continents. Each country study, written by leading subject-matter experts, examines the full scope of the Islamist phenomenon, from the activities of radical Islamist groups to the role of Islamist actors and ideas in society to the response – or complicity – of the local government. An additional series of “movement” studies explores the global reach, ideology, and capabilities of the world’s most powerful transnational Islamist movements. Finally, the Almanac includes regional summaries and a global overview designed to provide context and strategic insights into current and emerging trends relating to Islamism the world over.

This collection makes a major contribution toward properly defining the Islamist threat and paving the way for the implementation of more effective strategies to counter the rise of radical Islamism by the United States and its allies. It provides policymakers, the news media, scholars, and students with a more comprehensive understanding of the threat we now confront from Islamic extremism. Additionally, the full Almanac is available electronically in database form. It can be accessed online at almanac.afpc.org.


Editorial Reviews

Religion Watch
The massive volume (just short of 900 pages) provides a good deal of useful information and many findings about the political and extremist elements of Islam in almost every corner of the globe.
CHOICE
This is the inaugural edition of the World Almanac of Islamism, a comprehensive and thorough resource dedicated to tracking the rise and decline of radical Islam and its ideology at the national, regional, and global levels. The almanac's primary focus is on the contemporary Islamist threat and the current activities of radical Islamist movements. As with many American Foreign Policy Council publications, this new work is timely and extremely insightful in its topical analysis. It is very suitable for all levels of readership. Organized by global region and subsequently subdivided by country, the volume provides demographic statistics for each country/nation, followed by three distinct sections titled "Islamist Activities," "Islamism and Society," and "Islamism and the State." It concludes with extensive bibliographic information. Readers will find this work very well organized, insightful, and easy to use and comprehend. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.
Choice
This is the inaugural edition of the World Almanac of Islamism, a comprehensive and thorough resource dedicated to tracking the rise and decline of radical Islam and its ideology at the national, regional, and global levels. The almanac's primary focus is on the contemporary Islamist threat and the current activities of radical Islamist movements. As with many American Foreign Policy Council publications, this new work is timely and extremely insightful in its topical analysis. It is very suitable for all levels of readership. Organized by global region and subsequently subdivided by country, the volume provides demographic statistics for each country/nation, followed by three distinct sections titled "Islamist Activities," "Islamism and Society," and "Islamism and the State." It concludes with extensive bibliographic information. Readers will find this work very well organized, insightful, and easy to use and comprehend. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers.
Library Journal
Attempting to present a comprehensive guide to radical Islam and terrorism around the world, this volume provides entries on 57 countries across North America and seven other regions as well as a "Global Movements" section with background on al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Taliban, Muslim Brotherhood, Hizb ut-Tahrir, and Tablighi Jamaat. The movements section would benefit greatly from the inclusion of more groups and explanations on how they relate to one another. Also, with different authors for each section, the entries feel uneven, and in some the term Islamist is used synonymously with terrorist. For example, the section describing power struggles between Muslim factions in Albania is more informative than alarmist, and coverage of the tension between secularists and those pushing for an Islamic state in Syria has good background information on arrests, oppression, and protests. In contrast, the material on Canada describes it as a terrorist haven and gives the impression that the country may be taken over by rapidly breeding cells of violent extremists. The introduction claims that there is "considerable evidence that Islamist groups…have begun to make significant inroads in Latin America," yet the only Latin American countries profiled are Nicaragua, as the country has diplomatic ties with Iran, Venezuela, which allegedly supports Hezbollah, and Bolivia, which has a Muslim population of 2000 and no significant conflict. Including Bolivia purely because its government has a policy of tolerance and is not fond of the U.S. government is misleading, suggesting that the entire Muslim population there is a potential threat to the United States. VERDICT Useful only for those who are already familiar with the topic of militant Islam.—Susanne Caro, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442207158
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/27/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
900
File size:
1 MB

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For nearly three decades, the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) has played an essential role in the U.S. foreign policy debate. Founded in 1982, AFPC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing information to those who make or influence the foreign policy of the United States and to assisting world leaders with building democracies and market economies. AFPC is widely recognized as a source of timely, insightful analysis on issues of foreign policy and works closely with members of Congress, the executive branch, and the policymaking community. It is staffed by noted specialists in foreign and defense policy and serves as a valuable resource to officials in the highest levels of government.

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