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5.0 out of 5 stars Eurostan, A History, May 11, 2010
This review is from: A Mosque in Munich: Nazis, the CIA, and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the West (Hardcover)
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For me, this book was a very slow read; it's not that the book is boring because it most assuredly is not boring. The book is, however, very detailed in its descriptions of people, places and events. It describes in great detail the development of Islam in Europe and the important place the Mosque in Munich had as a center of this development.

After the "Contents" page, one encounters a two page "Cast of Characters" section that identifies the persons to be encountered in the book divided into four groups, "The Main Actors, The Americans, The Germans, and The Muslim Brotherhood." At first I wondered why the author placed that information right at the beginning of the book; after reading the first few chapters I found myself grateful to the author for his thoughtfulness.

The level of detail I found in this book was intimidating and very humbling; most of the information presented was entirely new to me, but concerned things that have profoundly affected the United States since the late 1930's and continue to influence world events even now.

This book traces the development of the Muslim influence in Europe from the Second World War, and the establishment, growth and eventual dominance of the Muslim Brotherhood in what is now called the European Union.

The creation of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt by Sheikh al-Banna is described along with the world view espoused by the group. The author writes on pages 109-110: "Banna subscribed to the Koran's message that there is no division between state and religion, which was expressed in the group's most famous slogan: THE KORAN IS OUR CONSTITUTION. JIHAD IS OUR WAY. MARTYDOM IS OUR DESIRE. In one tract, he wrote, "If someone should say to you `This is politics!' say: `This is Islam and we do not recognize such divisions.'" In another he said, "O ye Brethren! Tell me, if Islam is something else than politics, society, economy, law, and culture, what is it then? Is it only empty acts of prostration, devoid of a pulsating heart?"

Again on page 201 the author writes: "Europe, once outside the Muslim world, became central to its future. And the Brotherhood, after years of laborious organizational work, was suddenly poised to lead it."

The conquest of Europe this time was to be demographic and ideological, the Europe of old which had been "Dar al-Harb, or House of Infidels" (elsewhere translated as "the abode of war") was becoming "Dar al-Islam, or House of Islam." On page 206 the author writes: "Whether through luck or brilliant foresight, the Brotherhood was already firmly planted in the West just as this historical transformation was taking place."

This book is a serious effort to explain the origins, development, methodology, strategies, and tactics of the coming Muslim domination of Europe. It is reasonable to assume that the United States is being subjected to that same process, although we are not so far along in our transition from Dar al-Harb to Dar al-Islam.

For those who wonder why the European Union seems to be in the process of becoming Eurostan, or what is going on today between the Western Nations and Islam; this book provides many answers. It is at the same time challenging yet very rewarding to read; I am very glad I read it!
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Initial post: May 16, 2010 1:13:14 PM PDT
Extremely well written, succinct and forceful. I will read the book.

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2010 1:40:35 PM PDT
David Bower says:
John, thank you for your generous comments; I think you will find the book very interesting.
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