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(Look for these titles on Amazon.com or on the web site Centerforsecuritypolicy.org.)
“… These books each highlight different aspects of the group’s success. “ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror,” by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan, the most comprehensive of the three, traces the group’s evolution and sheds particular light on how it both cows and co-opts the populations in the areas it controls. “ISIS: The State of Terror,” by Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger, is heavily focused on its online presence. Patrick Cockburn’s “The Rise of Islamic State” is a more argumentative work, centered on how errors made by ISIS’ foes paved its way.
Taken together, the books show that the Islamic State’s strategy can be remarkably sophisticated. It portrays itself as eager to rush in at the slightest sign of unbelief in order to cut throats, but in fact it has a more subtle and long-term design. The phrase “management of savagery,” which could be read as how to exploit terror, actually refers to something else: how to break down “apostate” regimes so that Muslim regions fall into a state of “savagery,” and then build a new order on top. The cruelty and the willingness to make enemies are necessary elements in both the breaking down and the building up, but they are only part of the equation….” [Read More….]
ISIS Inside the Army of Terror, By Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan, 270 pp. Regan Arts. Paper, $14.
ISIS The State of Terror, By Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger,385 pp. Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers. $27.99.
THE RISE OF ISLAMIC STATE ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution, By Patrick Cockburn, 172 pp. Verso. Paper, $16.95.
From counterjihadreport.com –“History of Muslim Brotherhood Penetration of the U.S. Government”
Muslims who explore sources of morality other than Islam are threatened with death, and Muslim women who escape the virgins’ cage are branded whores. So asserts Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s profound meditation on Islam and the role of women, the rights of the individual, the roots of fanaticism, and Western policies toward Islamic countries and immigrant communities. Hard-hitting, outspoken, and controversial, The Caged Virgin is a call to arms for the emancipation of women from a brutal religious and cultural oppression and from an outdated cult of virginity. It is a defiant call for clear thinking and for an Islamic Enlightenment. But it is also the courageous story of how Hirsi Ali herself fought back against everyone who tried to force her to submit to a traditional Muslim woman’s life and how she became a voice of reform.
Blankley paints the picture of a Europe in which radical Islam is triumphant – a threat that becomes more real with every passing day. Blankley also shows what the United States must do to avoid the same fate.
This book reveals how, for well over a millennium and across three continents – Asia, Africa, and Europe – non-Muslims who were vanquished by jihad wars became forced tributaries (called dhimmi in Arabic) in lieu of being slain. Under the dhimmi religious caste system, non-Muslims were subjected to legal and financial oppression, as well as social isolation.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ‘SECURE FREEDOM STRATEGY’… The United States is in mortal peril from a false friend: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The peril emanates from the totalitarian legal-religious-military-political code the Saudis call Shariah and their assiduous efforts to impose it worldwide. The danger is enormously exacerbated by the almost-complete failure of American officials at every level of government to acknowledge, let alone act to prevent, the Saudis’ true agenda. For over thirty-five years, the United States has been at war with enemies sworn to its destruction. It did not seek enmity or hostilities with them. Both are the product of forces that long predated the establishment of this country, to say nothing of its adoption toward the end of the 20th Century of policies towards the Middle East or other regions….. The “Secure Freedom Strategy” offers corrective actions, starting with a clear-eyed understanding of the enemy we confront – namely, an international, ideologically driven Global Jihad Movement and its enablers – and the essential elements of an effective strategy for countering it. This alternative approach is modeled after the successful strategy President Ronald Reagan pursued to defeat Soviet communism, embodied in his National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 75
By Patrick S. Poole*
SparkChartsTM—created by Harvard students for students everywhere—serve as study companions and reference tools that cover a wide range of college and graduate school subjects, including Business, Computer Programming, Medicine, Law, Foreign Language, Humanities, and Science. Titles like How to Study, Microsoft Word for Windows, Microsoft Powerpoint for Windows, and HTML give you what it takes to find success in school and beyond. Outlines and summaries cover key points….
From the beginning of the colonial period to the recent conflicts in the Middle East, encounters with the Muslim world have helped Americans define national identity and purpose. Focusing on America’s encounter with the Barbary states of North Africa from 1776 to 1815, Robert Allison traces the perceptions and mis-perceptions of Islam in the American mind as the new nation constructed its ideology and system of government.
(This list is a work in progress.)