At the Heart of Terror: Islam, Jihadists, and America's War on Terrorism

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - Political Science - 293 pages
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This readable and deeply informed book examines the threat that Islamic extremists pose to the United States and provides a balanced and nuanced discussion of Iraq as a test case of America's war on terrorism. Explaining the basics of Islam and guiding the reader through the intricacies of each significant extremist group, the authors answer key questions: Who are the Jihadists and how do they fit within the broader context of the Islamic religion? What is their war plan and how do they operate? Who are their allies and what are their weaknesses? What is the experience of Israel, the Islamic world, and the United States in fighting Islamic extremists? How can they be defeated? Drawing on decades of experience in the Middle East, the authors provide the only current analysis of the vulnerabilities of the Jihadists, linking those weaknesses to concrete strategies to defeat them. The Palmers trace the movement far beyond Osama bin Laden and the now-splintering al-Qaeda into a range of autonomous networks. The authors also provide extensive information on the Muslim Brotherhood, Hizbullah, and other extremist groups attempting to achieve an Islamic state by more-or-less peaceful means. Their relationship with the Jihadists and their potential for violence are explored in detail. The book also provides the first in-depth discussion of the evolution of a vibrant Hizbullah organization in Iraq. This vitally important work reflects the authors' thorough understanding of the culture and history of the Muslim world. Careful in its analysis, its subtle observations pay tribute to the authors' thirty years of working with Middle Eastern organizations and conducting pioneering studies in the areas of Arab psychology and political behavior. The Palmers effectively combine an engaging writing style and extensive personal experience into an invaluable resource for both policy makers and general readers.
 

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Contents

WHO IS ATTACKING AMERICA?
3
ISLAM MUSLIM EXTREMISM AND ANTIAMERICANISM
11
MUSLIM RELATIONS WITH CHRISTIANS AND JEWS
12
UNITY AND TURMOIL WITHIN ISLAM
14
THE EVOLUTION OF ISLAMIC EXTREMISM
16
THE SOURCES OF MUSLIM DISCONTENT
22
GAUGING POPULAR SUPPORT FOR MUSLIM EXTREMISTS
25
LEVELS OF ISLAMIC RELIGIOSITY
28
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF TERROR
131
THE COMPONENTS OF TERROR
133
TERROR AND THE PROPAGANDA WAR
142
COMPELLING LOGIC FOR ATTACKING AMERICA
145
ONE WAR PLAN OR SEVERAL?
147
THE JIHADIST WAR MACHINE
151
LEADERSHIP IN JIHADIST ORGANIZATIONS
158
WHO ARE THEY WHAT MOTIVATES THEM AND HOW GOOD ARE THEY?
167

SEPARATING ISLAMIC EXTREMISM FROM ANTIAMERICANISM
33
THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND HIZBULLAH RADICALMODERATES
41
THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD
43
A TALE OF THREE COUNTRIES
57
CAN THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND HIZBULLAH SERVE AS A COUNTERWEIGHT TO THE JIHADISTS?
78
THE JIHADIST MOVEMENT AND HOW IT EVOLVED
87
EGYPT AND THE ORIGINS OF MODERN JIHADISM
88
THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION
93
THE JIHADIST GATEWAY TO THE FAR EAST AND CENTRAL ASIA
94
AFGHANISTAN AND THE MAKING OF A MUSLIM HERO
98
AN INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST NETWORK TAKES SHAPE
102
THE BATTLE FOR ALGERIA
108
HAMAS AND HOLY JIHAD
112
THE JIHADIST WAR COMES TO AMERICA
118
FROM TURABI TO BIN LADEN
120
THE CONTINUING EVOLUTION OF THE JIHADIST MOVEMENT
125
THE JIHADIST WAR PLAN
129
THE PHYSICAL PLANT
174
THE ALLIES OF THE JIHADISTS THOSE WHO MAKE TERROR POSSIBLE
179
THE STRUGGLE FOR CONTROL OF ISLAM
180
DRUG LORDS MAFIOSO AND OTHER KINDRED SOULS
191
GOVERNMENTS AS ALLIES OF TERROR
194
HOW ISRAEL AND ITS MIDDLE EASTERN NEIGHBORS FIGHT TERROR
209
THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF ISRAELI ANTITERRORIST STRATEGY
214
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST JIHADIST TERROR IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD
233
RELEVANCE OF THE EXPERIENCE OF ISRAEL AND THE ISLAMIC WORLD TO AMERICAS WAR ON TERROR
242
THE FUTURE WINNING THE WAR ON TERROR
249
HOW WELL IS AMERICA DOING?
251
WHY THE GLITCHES?
257
DEFEATING THE JIHADISTS
262
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
275
INDEX
289
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Monte Palmer is professor emeritus at Florida State University. He directed FSU's Middle East Studies Center, as well as the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut.
Princess Palmer is a former consultant for the World Bank.

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