On "A Critical but Missing Piece ..."
Johnson, James Turner, Parameters
This commentary is in response to Colonel Adam Oler's article "A Critical But Missing Piece: Educating Our Professional Military on the History of Islam "published in the Spring 2011 issue of Parameters (vol. 41, no. 1).
I strongly back the message of Colonel Adam Oler's article in the Spring 2011 issue of Parameters. The quotation from Aristotle at the beginning could well be a motto for my own work and an introduction to my latest book, subtitled The Use of History for Thinking about Morality and War. There is a great lack of knowledge among Americans on the historical development of Islam and the Islamic tradition on war in particular. This lack of knowledge has affected us negatively.
Oler is right on target to advocate the study of the history of Islam at the war college level. I think it also …
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Publication information: Article title: On "A Critical but Missing Piece ...". Contributors: Johnson, James Turner - Author. Journal title: Parameters. Volume: 41. Issue: 2 Publication date: Summer 2011. Page number: 76+. © 2008 U.S. Army War College. COPYRIGHT 2011 Gale Group.
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