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5.0 out of 5 stars The Muslim World 2002-2003, January 5, 2011
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William Garrison Jr. (Bellevue, WA United States) - See all my reviews
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"The Muslim World After 9/11" by Rand Corp., ed.: Angel Rabasa; there are 8 main co-authors for 10 major chapters, (2004), 525 pages. A book "prepared for the U.S. Air Force" from a research grant. The thrust of this book overall is to provide political interpretation of terrorists' thoughts and their popular support in various Muslim countries since Sept. 11, 2001 (thru 2003). Of course, there is some limited background history of the Islamic influence regarding these countries. Hopefully here on Amazon the `look inside book' view button works. Otherwise the chapter highlights are: `Overview' of Islam (the Shia-Shiite divide, Islamic law, sources of Islamic Radicalism) by Angel Rabasa; (1) The Middle East (factors influencing the rise of radical Islamism: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, etc.) by David Thaler; (2) The Maghreb (Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco) by Rollie Lal; (3) Turkey by Ian Lesser; (4) Iran by Christine Fair; (5) Pakistan by Christine Fair; (6) `Islam in India' by Rollie Lal; (7) `Central Asia' by Cheryl Benard; `Southeast Asia' (Indonesia, Malaysia Thailand, Iraq) by Angel Rabasa; (9) Nigeria by Peter Chalk; & (10) `Muslim Diasporas and Networks' by Theodore Karasik and Cheryl Benard. Regarding the chapter on Turkey, the author suggested an "Implication for U.S. Policy" as: "Treat the Erdogan government as a normal, secular actor"; well, perhaps with hindsight in 2010, it appears that the Erdogan government isn't really all that much of a `normal, secular actor' - more and more of Erdogan's pro-Islamist background appears to be emerging from his past political Islamist life that he tried to hide from many. Lots of policy `analysis/ recommendations'; hey, it's a Rand Corp. publication. The co-authors frequently used terms of `Islamic Terrorism'... `Islamization Program' ... `Muslim roots' ... `radical Islam' ... `Wahhabi ideology' - before such language became `politically incorrect' in 2009. The `third goal of this study is to examine the sources of Islamic radicalism' (p. xviii). Very little discussion about the origins of Islam itself, a reader really needs to know more historical background of Islam before studying this book (I suggest: "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam" by Robert Spencer for a start). As lots of countries are discussed, there really isn't a whole lot of specific information about any one country - more of just the `highlights' of radical Islamist groups therein. More of a book on WHAT is happening rather than on WHY the Islamist groups are so anti-democratic, so anti-West, and so anti-secular.
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