The Theory And Practice Of Islamic Terrorism

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Drawing from a variety of sources, this anthology encourages readers to explore the multiple dimensions of Islamic terrorism and seeks to promote a better understanding of one of the most complicated and urgent problems facing the world today. Divided into six parts, the book deals with the theological and ideological background of the concept of jihad, the policies and organization of Al Qaeda, various policy recommendations for combating terrorism, the motivations of suicide bombers, the dilemma jihadists pose in Western countries, and the adoption of classical European and anti-Semitic myths for political and religious gain in segments of the Muslim world. With excerpts ranging from works by Sayyid Qutb to Osama bin Laden to Nonie Darwish, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in or studying Islamic terrorism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230606623
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Marvin Perry taught history at Baruch College until his retirement. He is the author of An Intellectual History of Modern Europe; Arnold Toynbee and the Western Tradition; Western Civilization a Brief History; Anti-Semitism: Myth and Hate from Antiquity to the Present. with Frederick M. Schweitzer; Anti-Semitic Myths: A Historical and Contemporary Anthology, co-edited with Frederick M. Schweitzer; and Toynbee Reappraisals, co-edited with C.T. McIntire.

Howard E. Negrin was Associate Provost for Grants and Research Administration at Hofstra University until his retirement. His publications include articles in professional journals and reference works in American history, as well as educational materials.

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Table of Contents

"The Religious Sources of Islamic Terrorism"--Shmuel Bar * The Jihadists’ Mentor--Sayyid Qutb * "Islam Is Not A Religion of Pacifists”--Ayatollah Khomeini
• Myths in the Service of Jihad--David Cook
• “Declaration of Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders”--Osama bin Laden
Knights Under the Prophet’s Banner--Ayman Zawahiri
Islamic Imperialism--Efraim Karsh
Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror--Mary R. Habeck
• “Jihadist Strategies in the War on Terror”--Mary R. Habeck
• “What al-Qaeda Really Wants”--Yassin Musharbash
• “Counterterrorism: The Changing Face of Terror”--Daniel Benjamin
• “What to Do? A Global Strategy”--9/11 Commission Report
• Al Qaeda Resurgent--Bruce Hoffman
• “Right Islam vs. Wrong Islam: Muslims and non-Muslims Must Unite to Defeat the Wahhabi Ideology”--Abdurrahman Wahid
Dying to Win: The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism--Robert A. Pape
• “Indoctrination Is the Central Factor”--Walter Laqueur
• Suicide Bombings as Effective Weapons--Stephen Holmes
• “Ordinary People’ and ‘Death Work’: Palestinian Suicide Bombers as Victimizers and Victims”--Anat Berko & Edna Erez
• “The Threat . . . Will Remain at a Very High Level for the Foreseeable Future”--Claude Moniquet
• The Rising Tide of Islamic Radicalism--Lorenzo Vidino * “Europe Has Become a Central ‘Field of Jihad’”--Daniel Benjamin
Londonistan--Melanie Phillips
• “The French Path to Jihad”--John Rosenthal
Now They Call me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror--Nonie Darwish
• “Islamic Anti-Semitism in Historical Perspective”--Anti-Defamation League * “Kill a Jew--Go to Heaven: The Perception of the Jew in Palestinian Society”--Itamar Marcus & Barbara Crook
• “Jews Use Teenagers’ Blood for ‘Purim Pastries’”--Dr. Umayma Ahmad Al-Jalahma
• “Their plan is the Protocols of the Elders of Zion”--Covenant of Hamas
• “Muslims Against Anti-Semitism: Ways to Promote Common Values”--Tariq Ramadan

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