RAND has produced an excellent overview and digest of most Islamic movements with special attention to extremist ones... An extremely useful handbook for scholars, journalists, and government officials... The studies are good mix of historical and current factors. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
M. G. Roskin
The strengths of this work are its comprehensiveness, its accuracy, its relevance to existing policy concerns, and its organization of a welter of data (with well-conceived charts bringing needed clarity to complexities such as the diverse Muslim groups in Indonesia).
Foreign Affairs, April 2005
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Examines the major dynamics that drive changes in the religio-political landscape of the Muslim world, the effects of 9/11, the global war on terrorism, and the war in Iraq, and their implications for global security and U.S. and Western interests.