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Militant Islamic Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat
     

Militant Islamic Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat

by CDR Youssef H. Aboul-Enein USN, ADM James Stavridis USN (Foreword by)
 

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This book proposes a common framework and definition of “Militant Islamist Ideology” to be considered by all ranks within the U.S. military. It seeks to define the differences between Islam, Islamist, and Militant Islamist, with the objective of disaggregating the immediate threat posed by Militant Islamist groups, and disaggregating them from Islamists

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This book proposes a common framework and definition of “Militant Islamist Ideology” to be considered by all ranks within the U.S. military. It seeks to define the differences between Islam, Islamist, and Militant Islamist, with the objective of disaggregating the immediate threat posed by Militant Islamist groups, and disaggregating them from Islamists and Islam. Winning this long war against militant Islamist ideology will require a higher level of nuanced understanding that will enable U.S. military personnel to comprehend that militant Islamists operate with the friction of diverse Islamic practices, nationalism, and tribalism inherent in the human landscape of the region.

Chapters will highlight how Militant Islamist ideology takes fragments of Islamic history and theology to weave it into a narrow, pseudo-intellectual ideology that justifies their violence against Muslims and non-Muslims alike and their radical worldview.

Without a realistic and sound doctrine-based definition of the threat we shall be stuck between two extremes in American national policy discourse, those who advocate all Islam is evil and those who advocate all Islam is peace. These extremes are not effective in deriving effective policy or addressing the nuances and perversion that Militant Islamist ideology has wrought upon Islam that is just beginning to outrage many Muslims. We cannot afford to call this phenomenon Islamism or Islamo-fascism and somehow link this as the new fascism or communism. It is imperative to begin thinking about this problem in new ways delineating between Islam, Islamist, and Militant Islamist, thereby providing both Muslims and non-Muslims a common reference to the ideology of the Militant Islamist which al-Qaida represents. Militant Islamists alienate not only the United States but even Islamist political groups like the Muslim Brotherhood and HAMAS. It is time for a more nuanced definition of the threat.

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The author, a U.S. naval officer, attempts to disentangle the complex threads of the various militant ideologies and disaggregate them from Islamists and Islam, noting that without a sound intellectual framework by which to classify these ideologies, the United States is stuck in a dichotomy between those who regard all Islam as evil and those who assert that Islam is peace. This difficult study is well worth inclusion in both religious and military collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591140016
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

CDR Aboul-Enein serves as a Senior Advisor and analyst at the Joint Intelligence Task Force for Combating Terrorism. From 2002 to 2006, he served as Country Director for North Africa and Egypt at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He has advised at the highest levels of the Defense Department and Intelligence Community. Currently he is a student at the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington DC.

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