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Citizen Islam: The Future of Muslim Integration in the West 1st Edition

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Citizen Islam constitutes a timely appeal, and warning, to the West: stop legitimizing non-violent extremists. For the patient, incremental and systematic approach utilized by the Muslim Brotherhood and other non-violent extremists—to create a so-called "fully-Islamic" personality, family, community and state—poses an even greater threat to the core values of modern society, than do their impatient terrorist brethren, armed with guns and bombs." — C. Holland Taylor, Chairman & CEO, LibForAll Foundation and co-author of The Illusion of an Islamic State, with former Indonesian president Kyai Haji Abdurrahman Wahid, et al.




"A brilliant, principled, brave book. If you - Muslim or of any other faith - are truly loyal to our Constitution and its guarantees of liberty and democracy, then welcome, friend. We have a big fight on our hands. Baran, a practicing Muslim, introduces us to freedom's principal enemy in that fight: determined Islamists -i e Wahhabis/Salafis/Muslim Brotherhood members - who are hijacking a noble religion and simultaneously, in their words, "sabotaging [the West's] miserable house from within..." via a "civilization jihad." So if you are in fact democracy-hating, women-oppressing, and terror-financing but you want to be called "moderate" just because you're not detonating anything right now, bad luck, buddy — you've just been outed. "- R. James Woolsey, Chair of FDD (Foundation for Defense of Democracies) and former Director of Central Intelligence.



"This book is very informative and helps both Muslims and non Muslims understand the ideologies, historical trends and current events in Muslim communities. It is an especially valuable resource for western countries because it aptly explains how some Muslim societies are evolving and resolving issues of religion and state. It is also important for Muslims to see how they are being perceived by others. I recommend it highly for those who need to better understand the many facets of Islamic doctrine and beliefs. " - Shaykh Hisham M Kabbani, Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America



"Zeyno Baran's new book is fascinating reading for anyone wishing to understand the challenge of fundamentalist Islam, and vital reading for those tasked to deal with it." -Douglas Murray, Director, The Centre for Social Cohesion, UK.



"A brilliant, principled, brave book. "- R. James Woolsey, Chair of FDD (Foundation for Defense of Democracies) and former Director of Central Intelligence.


Citizen Islam constitutes a timely appeal, and warning, to the West: stop legitimizing non-violent extremists.  For the patient, incremental and systematic approach utilized by the Muslim Brotherhood and other non-violent extremists—to create a so-called “fully-Islamic” personality, family, community and state—poses an even greater threat to the core values of modern society, than do their impatient terrorist brethren, armed with guns and bombs.” —   C. Holland Taylor, Chairman & CEO, LibForAll Foundation and co-author of The Illusion of an Islamic State, with former Indonesian president Kyai Haji Abdurrahman Wahid, et al.




"This book is very informative and helps both Muslims and non Muslims understand the ideologies, historical trends and current events in Muslim communities.  It is an especially valuable resource for western countries because it aptly explains how some Muslim societies are evolving and resolving issues of religion and state.  It is also important for Muslims to see how they are being perceived by others. I recommend it highly for those who need to better understand the many facets of Islamic doctrine and beliefs. " - Shaykh Hisham M Kabbani, Chairman of the Islamic Supreme Council of America



"Zeyno Baran’s new book is fascinating reading for anyone wishing to understand the challenge of fundamentalist Islam, and vital reading for those tasked to deal with it." -Douglas Murray, Director, The Centre for Social Cohesion, UK.

About the Author

Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Zeyno Baran is currently Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute's Center for Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World and Director of the Center for Eurasian Policy. Baran regularly briefs European and U.S. officials and has testified before congressional committees on issues related to Muslim integration and radicalization in Europe and the U.S.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (July 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441112480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848441071
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,394,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book of policy advice, written by a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Islam, makes several important poits about the future of Islam as an institution in Europe and America, and by extension, in the lands of its origins. Although Baran avoids speculating on what might occur if the relationship continues to sour and polarize, perhaps this is because she knows recent history has spoken. Many times already.

First, most fundamentally, we must understand Islam and Islamism, while not entirely separable, are critically divergent and ever-diverging things, the first being a way of life open to (and encouraging of) individual theological interpretation of The Qur'an and its auxiliary literatures; the latter being a fixed and rigidly dogmatic, and highly selective, interpretation of the texts and historical contexts.

Second, that non-violent Islamism must not be inadvertently or strategically legitimized, inasmuch as many non-violent groups serve as a 'conveyor belt' for violence, and ultimately its goals are exactly the same as violent Islamism. Moreover, through use of the Islamist practice of taqiyya (religiously sanctioned duplicity or deception), non-violent groups are, she claims, often more effective agents of Islamism than the impatient terrorists.

The third and perhaps most salient point in the book is that while Islamism is not synonymous with Islam, the conflation of 'Islam' and 'Islamism' as terms due to Islamism's near monopoly on Muslim public discourse [NOTE: if only someone would have the courage to say the same about Zionism and Judaism].
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The book opens with an overview of the theology and history of Islam, to show that violence and intolerance are not fundamental aspects of the religion.

Lol...The only way anyone can come to this conclusion is if you don't read the Qur'an, Ahadith, and Sira and completely ignore all Islamic history, including virtually all of Islam's most famous theologians, historians, and Qur'anic commentators.
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