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Posted February 8, 2005
The title of this book accurately conveys its subject matter and its purpose. The author is a sociologist and former Marine Corps Captain with combat experience in Viet Nam. He presents an objective and original analysis of more than 230 'Muslim' battles and wars from Muhammad's time up to and including recent battles in Iraq and Afghanistan in light of the Koran's many commandments to its proponents regarding how they should and should not behave in peace and in war. He shows us that Muslim armed forces often have fought cohesively, especially when outnumbered, and that they have used every kind of weapon at their disposal (including toxic substances) to frustrate their enemies. They have almost never offered truces to their enemies while they are winning battles and they almost never surrender completely and permanently. Throughout the book the author offers dozens of insights to military and government leaders that can help sustain mutually beneficial peaceful relations and that can shorten and restrain warfare when it occurs. He even provides examples of 'goodwill cards' in Arabic that can help non-Muslim POWS reduce the likelihood of abuse until they are ransomed. Also noteworthy is a section of this book that is informed by the combat experiences of the famous Marine Corps General Anthony C. Zinni (ret.) It offers concrete examples of how small unit commanders in combat can use an 'anthropological perspective' to protect native ethnic groups and communities in the area of operation. In sum, this is a distinctively original, perceptive, rigorous, and yet practical book that tells us how to be more effective in dealing with Muslim people throughout the world today. It is not just for military and government leaders.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.