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Defeating Jihad: How the war on terror may yet be won, in spite of ourselves Paperback – March 1, 2006

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About the Author

Serge Trifkovic is a former BBC commentator and US News and World Report reporter. He is currently the foreign desk editor Chronicles Of Culture. His last book The Sword Of The Prophet (also from ROP), has sold more than 50,000 copies and has been a main selection of the Conservative Book Club. Defeating Jihad is the sequel.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Regina Orthodox Press,Csi; First edition. edition (March 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 192865326X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928653264
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,732,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Bill Muehlenberg VINE VOICE on June 25, 2006
Serge Trifkovic is fast becoming a leading authority on Islamic militancy and how to respond to it. His The Sword of the Prophet (2002) was an important look at militant Islam. In this sequel volume to that incisive work, Trifkovic continues his hard-hitting analysis coupled with a sober realism about the struggle we are in.

This volume is broken into five parts: a brief review of Islam, its founder, its beliefs and practices, with special reference to Jihad; a lengthy examination of the crisis in Europe; an assessment of conditions in America; the global situation; and a series of proposed solutions.

Taken together these five sections offer a comprehensive and informed overview of the nature of Islamic Jihad and the response of the West. The book offers, in short, a workable understanding of, and plan for, an effective response to the war on terrorism.

And the author is quite right to begin by assessing the threat. A good deal of the problem lies in the fact that many Western intellectualoids refuse to even admit that there is a problem, or are much more inclined to blame the West for the current crisis.

For example, the "9-11 Commission", the US Government report on terrorism, does note that Islamist terrorism is the main worry, but then goes on to argue that the reformist wing within Islam needs to be encouraged while the fundamentalist wing needs to be resisted.

But Trifkovic argues that this distinction between a real, peaceful Islam and an a violent Islamic aberration is false. Jihad and terrorism, argues the author, are intrinsically imbedded in the Koran, hadith, and Sharia. The jihadists are fully acting in accord with their faith. Thus the real question is not, Are there moderate Muslims? Yes there are.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 3, 2006
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I would consider Serge Trifkovic's "The Sword and the Prophet" along with Ibn Warraq's "Why I Am Not A Muslim" and Bat Ye'or's "Islam and Dhimmitude" in the category of those rare books capable of lifting the fog on a subject and changing your mind definitively.

"Defeating Jihad" is as precise and concise as "The Sword and the Prophet" was. .Of the two dozen books on Islam I have read , I have not come across a more clear history on Muhammad's life and legacy.

The gist of the Koran are two sets of emphasized injunctions: (a) belief in Allah, and (b) violent antagonism towards non-Muslims.

This is the reason Muslim extremists are willing to kill and to die for their cause; it is also the reason decent Muslims have problems in condemning terrorism: they do not want to be seen by their co-religionists as opposing the Koranic injunctions.

The crux of the problem the West thus faces is: on the one hand it believes in tolerance and in the inherent worth of all religions; on the other hand the Koranic injunctions on violence (coupled with believing Muslims' unconditional faith in every letter of the Koran) and certain pronouncements of the Prophet Muhammad (as recorded in the Hadiths - for example his requirement that Muslims be executed for apostasy) are not merely a religious issue for Muslims but a social and political matter of vital relevance for non-Muslims.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By John Randolph on January 17, 2006
Trifkovic cuts through the foolishness that has blinded Westerners for so many years, to show us what we're really up against - and what it will take not to just win but to survive.

Brian Mitchell

Washington Bureau Chief, Investor's Business Daily.

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Transcending predominant canards, Serge Trifkovic identifies with precision the existential threat to both Western and other modern democracies--global Islamic terrorism, as perpetrated by Muslims following the uniquely Islamic dogmas and historical practices of jihad. Trifkovic pursues the logic of this conclusion with a plan to neutralize jihadism by acknowledging its organic connection to so-called Islamic "activism", strictly regulating Muslim immigration to Western societies, and rediscovering Western cultural and moral values. His book is an indispensable work of erudition and uncompromising intellectual honesty which should be read attentively by elites in policymaking, the media, and the academy.

Andrew G. Bostom, MD, author of "The Legacy of Jihad"

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This is an important and timely book that addresses the key issue of where Islam REALLY stands vis-a-vis terrorism. The author asks us to set aside our politically correct inhibitions and look at the evidence. The book outlines a strategy for meeting the threat that might well serve as a model for Western governments to follow in their war on "global terrorism."

Ambassador James Bissett

Former Head of Canada's Immigration Service

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Dr. Trifkovic offers important advice in our post-9-11 struggle. Success requires focusing on the strategic problem, not on the tactics used by our antagonists.
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