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Breeding Bin Ladens: America, Islam, and the Future of Europe

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Well-written overview of the state of Islam in Europe.

(Bloomsbury Review)

Shore captures much of the nuance and contradiction of a community being asked to integrate into national polities that exploit them economically, treat their faith as a second-class superstition, and fail to deal with persistent, widespread racism.

(Aziz Hug American Prospect)

The narrative style of this timely work makes it a rewarding read.

(Library Journal)

The only one of the American authors to have taken the trouble to talk to a lot of European Muslims.

(Gideon Rachman Financial Times)

Shore's wise and thoughtful book addresses Europe's 'Muslim problems'... This eminently readable volume deserves to be widely known and seriously pondered.

(Stanley Hoffmann Foreign Affairs)

[Shore] proposes to alert American policymakers, business people and simply interested citizens to the challenge of paying attention to Islamic culture... And who's to say he isn't right.

(John Patrick Grace Herald-Dispatch)

This is must read for anyone who wants to know more about the complex world of Europe's Muslims.

(Choice)

Shore's thoughtful and measured analysis stands out in a genre awash in oversimplification, misinformation, and polemics.

(Elizabeth A. Barre H-Amstdy, H-Net Reviews)

Breeding Bin Ladens is a contemporary threat assessment of the rise of radical Islam. The method is that of painstakingly detailed investigative journalism based on interviews of some known and potential Muslim radicals in the field. This is quite an accomplishment in itself. The language is narrative, exciting and often anecdotal, reading like a thriller.

(Raju G. C. Thomas, Marquette University, author of Yugoslavia Unraveled: Sovereignty, Self-Determination, Intervention)

'No one is born a terrorist; terrorists are bred.' That is the thesis of this remarkable book. It starts not with assumptions by Americans and Europeans about Europe's Muslim community, but with the voices of Muslims themselves. Those voices are vital for Americans and Europeans to hear and understand. Breeding Bin Ladens is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of the liberal democratic West.

(Anne-Marie Slaughter, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University)

Zachary Shore realized earlier than most the potentially huge importance of the religious revival among young Muslims in Europe. The interviews and other evidence in his scrupulously researched and lucidly written book constitute powerful evidence of a disturbing trend. It is not simple hatred of the United States so much as ambivalence about Western society as a whole that has driven these teenagers and twenty-somethings into the arms of the extremists. And while America is prepared to fight (albeit clumsily) a war on terror, a post-Christian Europe seems caught between old fashioned xenophobia and post-modern insouciance.

(Niall Ferguson, Harvard University)

From the Back Cover

While American leaders wage war on extremists in the Middle East, they are dangerously detached from a potentially greater threat closer to home. In Breeding Bin Ladens, Zachary Shore asserts that the growing ambivalence of Europe’s Muslims poses risks to national identities, international security, and the transatlantic alliance.

Shore offers a deeply nuanced and hopeful consideration of Islam's future in the West. Cautioning Western leaders against an anti-terrorist tunnel vision that could ultimately backfire, Shore proposes bold, creative, and controversial solutions for attracting the hearts and minds of moderate Muslims living in the West.

"Well-written overview of the state of Islam in Europe."― Bloomsbury Review

"Shore captures much of the nuance and contradiction of a community being asked to integrate into national polities that exploit them economically, treat their faith as a second-class superstition, and fail to deal with persistent, widespread racism."― American Prospect

"The only one of the American authors to have taken the trouble to talk to a lot of European Muslims."― Financial Times

"Shore's wise and thoughtful book addresses Europe's 'Muslim problems'... This eminently readable volume deserves to be widely known and seriously pondered."― Foreign Affairs

"Shore's thoughtful and measured analysis stands out in a genre awash in oversimplification, misinformation, and polemics."― H-Amstdy, H-Net Reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (August 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801885051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801885051
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,941,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BREEDING BIN LADENS: AMERICA, ISLAM AND THE FUTURE OF EUROPE covers the heart of terrorist activity: in the communities which foster and harbor Muslim militants: Europe itself. Here is associate professor Zachary Shore's argument that the growing ambivalence of Europe's Muslim community poses risks to international security and national alliances, and that Europe's failure to integrate its Muslim communities are leading to breeding grounds for terrorist activities. Interviews with Muslims living across Europe document the problems and outline possible solutions.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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Dr. Shore conducted interviews of muslems living in western Europe to try and understanding the way in which their experience of balancing their religious views in the context of Western European secular values can inform policy-makers and citizens alike about this important component of our community. The book is perhaps less apocolyptic than the title, but the content is no less fascinating for its insights. Shore introduces the reader to men and women who are primarily moderate muslems, who are nevertheless, wrestling with the challenges of Western cultural practices that are often offensive or harmful in their eyes. Shore also discusses various recent controversies, such as the battle of the veil iun France, the murder of Theo van Gough in Holland, and the publication of cartoons in a Danish newspaper.

Dr. Shore has a number of policy suggestions for how to keep this large segment of the muslem community in the fold of the West, and relatively immune to the calls of radical clerics. Overall Shore tone is one of concern, but tinged with optomism. He places in important historical context assimilation processies of earlier eras, when seemingly intractable, radical religious groups lived in the West, and yet did not wax more destructive or nilistic.

Anyone wishing to understand the cultural, political, and historical contexts of Islam in the West should read this book.
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This book gave me and my students a new perspective on the Muslims youth. I have a greater understanding and compassion for the youth despite the horrible things I read in the news
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In Zachary Shore's view, Islam is quite often doing the wrong thing but always for a good reason. Even though Muslims' strange behavior makes others fear their presence, it is never the fault of Islam, "the religion of death", but of all other religions put together.

The book, mercifully short, presents a clear picture of what Muslims truly are: a primitive people (with a few exceptions thrown here and there for the sake of variety), unable to adapt to the 21st century, dreaming of the Caliphate that one day they will establish throughout the world. Even though never mentioned in the book, one undeniable fact transpires throughout: Islam never contributed with anything constructive towards the progress of humanity. In other words, Islam is a dead weight we all must carry - as long as a single Muslim is left standing on this planet.

Zachary Shore does not dwell at all on why Muslims hate Christians and Jews, Hindus and Buddhists, etc. and etc., apart from other Muslims (Shias vs. Sunnis). This lack of in-depth analysis of the most hateful pseudo-religion on earth is difficult to comprehend. The mere fact that Islam is a total failure, regardless of the terms one might chose, hardly explains why most 'believers' adopt such unbelievably demented postures. And Zachary Shore does not seem to care.
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