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  • Series: Columbia Studies in Terrorism and Irregular Warfare
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; y First edition edition (August 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231151268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231151269
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

(Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University, author of Inside Terrorism)

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.

(Steven Miller, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)

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

(Economist)

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

(Joshua Sinai Washington Times)

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

(Choice)

...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.

(Lavinia Stan European Legacy 1900-01-00)

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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.

(Jeffrey M. Bale, Monterey Institute of International Studies)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on September 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
No written work comes close to what Vidino has accomplished with this landmark book. This is, without a doubt, the most complete and reasonable account of what may be the world's most important movement - the Muslim Brotherhood. Unlike other academics and commentators who focus solely on the Middle East, Vidino takes a hard look at the movement's activities in the West that manages to be both investigative and scholarly. The amount of original, primary research in this book is impressive. And, as the other reviewer noted, he does all this without being (a) an apologist or (b) a right-wing fanatic - the two categories of people who seem to do all the talking and writing about the Brotherhood in the West these days.

Aside from the information and analysis itself, Vidino's work is elegantly written. Each chapter is substantial enough to stand alone, but they also integrate effectively as a whole.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lavinia Stan on September 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In a clearly written volume, marshalling a wealth of evidence presented logically and parsimoniously, Lorenzo Vidino traces the rise of Brotherhood offshoots in Western Europe and North America. While enjoying operational independence from the Middle East, the New Brothers in the West share historical, financial, personal, organizational, and ideological ties to the parent structure. They have fostered a strong Islamic identity among the growing Muslim community in the West and gained acceptance as representatives of local Muslim communities in their dealing with the Western governments. These aims have been pursued in spite of their dogmatic flexibility, which allows the Brothers to use different, even contradictory, discourses for different audiences, and the fact that their membership accounts for only a small fraction of Western Muslim communities and no democratic mechanism allowed those communities to appoint them as portavoce. The volume discusses Great Britain, Germany, and the United States, documenting the activities of the Brotherhood in these countries, together with their relationships with these governments and other Muslim organizations. Case studies of France, Belgium, and the Netherlands would have mapped more thoroughly the work of Brotherhood offshoots in Europe, as all these countries are different to some degree so that the reasons why only three cases were selected remain understated. The discussion of the Brotherhood's acceptance of violence is particularly useful, highlighting the fact that, although the organization has consistently denounced terrorism, its condemnations have not been unconditional.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blake Parker on September 26, 2010
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I liked Lorenzo Vidino's 'The New Muslim Brotherhood in the West' so much I asked if he'd autograph it for me and that's something I've only done with two other authors in my life. This publication comes from a true highly qualified authority and puts everything in place in its proper order. I'm not aware of another comprehensive publication like this at this time and suggest it is the authoritative summary of the evolution and history of the Muslim Brotherhood and its expansion throughout Europe, Asia, and into the West.

The topic of Islam is misunderstood by many people and I believe it is important for us to be more 'Religious Literate' before we misjudge. In order to do that we need to first become better informed overall and this is one of the pertinent topics. Lorenzo's book provides a comprehensive overview of the New Muslim Brotherhood in an enlightening way. I give this publication my highest recommendation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan S. Ronkin on November 26, 2010
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This is a rare examination of this complex topic that presents the information dispassionately and with a variety of approaches. Well worth the read.
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