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Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against the West Paperback – September 19, 2006
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“[A] lucid exposition of how jihadism filled the vacuum created by the collapse of the caliphate after World War I.” ―Fred Siegel in The New York Sun
“Phares peels away the layers of misunderstanding about the jihadists that led to America's unpreparedness for what happened on September 11.” ―The Washington Times
“[Phares's] book is especially useful in detailing the denial of radical Islamism's threat before September 11.” ―Barry Rubin, Claremont Review of Books
“Remarkable . . . [Phares has] spent his life studying the jihad movement. He distilled that lifetime of experience and study into his book.” ―HSToday
“Phares does an exceptional job . . . reveals the essence and implications of the term jihadism in ways the average American can easily understand.” ―Officer
“As good a primer on the mind, motives, and mission of the radical Islamist--the jihadist--as I have found.” ―Mitt Romney
About the Author
Walid Phares is a world-renowned terrorism and Middle East expert. He is a senior fellow at The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and a visiting fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy. He is an analyst on MSNBC, has testified before the State Department many times, and has led NGO delegations to discuss Middle East terrorism with the UN Security Council. He is also a professor of Middle East studies, ethnic and religious conflict at Florida Atlantic University. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NBC, C-SPAN, al Jazeera, al Hurra, Fox News, and Abu Dhabi TV, among others, and is a frequent contributor to U.S. and international radio programs. He is the author of several books, including The War of Ideas: Jihad against Democracy.
Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately, Dr. Phares and his colleagues were shouted down by the majority of Middle Eastern affairs experts in the U.S., products of our university system (many of whom can teach, but cannot do). Among other things, he was called a "neocon" who was trying to start a war for oil. Interestingly, another reviewer on this site, who first praises Dr. Phares work, then calls him a "neocon" and criticizes him for not identyfying Dick Cheney, big oil, and Wall Street as the real causes of 9/11.
This is exactly the kind of political rhetoric that Phares said left America so wide open to terrorism; we were so busy fighting each other, that we took our attention off our real enemy. I am especially disturbed by this reviewer because Dr. Phares goes out of his way to leave politics out of his book. He targets no one, calls no one any names, and seeks only to reveal the facts behind terrorism. In fact, after reading this book, it is impossible to tell what political party, if any, Dr. Phares belongs to.
This same reviewer accuses Dr. Phares of overlooking "the larger context of the war on terrorism." In few words, he is upset that Dr. Phares does not blame America for 9/11.Read more ›
However, one of the most valuable aspects of this book is Dr. Phares' presentation and explication of Wahhabism, Salafism and how they have become interwoven and at times at odds with Shia Islam a la Kohmeini and Nasrallah. We can no longer afford to overlook, simplify and ignore the history of the past in the West vis a vis jihadi Islam as its 6th not so secret pillar. If I were to draw up list of the top authors and their books, I would cite Walid Phare's Future Jihad, Robert Spencer's Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam, Phyllis Chesler's The New AntiSemitism and her most recent The Death of Feminism [b/c it deals with Islamic gender apartheid and no one has done that yet -- the war on terrorism is essentially a gendered war to annihilate women], Andy Bostom's The Legacy of Islam, Bat Ye'or's Eurabia, Schweitzer & Shai's The Globalization of Terror, Ben Shemesh's translation of the Quran, and the old yet invaluable Dictionary of Islam by Hughes. Phares correctly demonstrates that the Future of Jihad has arrived, it is now and we better not keep sticking our heads in the sand. His book merits more than a 10.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an excellent book about the history of Islam and the influence of petrodollars on the West. However, it does not touch on the psychology or sociology of radicalization. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
I've read many of Dr. Phares books. Future Jihad is on par with his best. It's comprehensive, informative and pulls no punches. Every American should read his books.Published 2 months ago by J. R. Cassady "Jack"
A bit out of date but insightful. With current events as they are, there is a mountain to climb before there will be peace. We are at
the base looking up.
Walid Phares is one of the most perceptive commentators/authors on our country's terrorist enemies.
I recommend all of his books.
Phares tells us what no ones else will. Great education of JihadPublished 17 months ago by william lockwood
This book should be read by anyone who wants to truly understand what is behind the problems in the middle east.Published 17 months ago by Malcolm Clarrissimeaux, Ph.D.