Radical Islam in the West: Ideology and Challenge

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McFarland, Jan 10, 2014 - Religion - 258 pages
This book explores the challenge posed by the immersion of 15 million Muslims in Western democracies and the few, but volatile, terrorists present within the larger body of believers. The fact that immersion in Western culture is insufficient to stem the tide of extremism is discussed, along with the factors that contribute to the growth of radical Islam, such as the presence of charismatic, authoritarian leadership, educational options that downplay critical thinking, and colonialism. Hope that radical Islam can be kept to a minimum in Western societies is provided by the Islamic concept of Ijtihad, through which Muslims reinterpret their own religion. Just as mainstream Mormons have dispensed with polygamy and Christians with witch-hunting, Muslims in Western societies have the potential to minimize the growth of radicalism. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
1 The Western Islamist Challenge
7
2 The Authoritarian Personality
20
3 The Islamist Influence in Western Democracies
33
4 The CultureClash Thesis
49
5 Western Approaches to the Challenge of Islam
73
6 Bones of Contention
92
7 Islamist Terror in the West
107
8 The Boys Next Door
129
9 Western Freedoms and Jihad
167
10 Islamism and the Internet
188
11 Hope
196
Chapter Notes
215
Bibliography
232
Index
244
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Brian R. Farmer is a professor of social sciences at Amarillo College. He has published numerous books on American conservativism.

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