Warriors of the Prophet: The Struggle for Islam

Warriors of the Prophet: The Struggle for Islam

Warriors of the Prophet: The Struggle for Islam

Warriors of the Prophet: The Struggle for Islam

Synopsis

"A good introduction to the intricacies of political currents in the Arab-Islamic bloc of nations." Booklist "A significant contribution to the genuine understanding of the contemporary Islamic upsurge, too often misrepresented & diabolized." Mohamed Sid-Ahmed political commentator for Al-Ahram "An interesting & timely study which should be read with careful attention by anyone concerned for the evolution of the Islamic world." Sir Allan Ramsay former British Ambassador to Morocco

Excerpt

When a massive bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City on 19 April 1995, Killing 168 people, cnn reporters invited experts on world terrorism to give their immediate opinions on who may have been responsible. It appeared to one particular expert that all the signs pointed to Islamic militants. the heartland of the American Midwest had finally been scarred by the consequences of poor U.S. relations with the militants of the Islamic world and with the governments of particular Islamic countries who were assumed to be those militants' supporters.

The readiness with which this particular commentor could reach such a conclusion, his comments beamed by satellite to, as CNN's advertisement says, "over 210 countries and territories around the world," was a watershed. No logical conclusion could be reached other than that the enemies of the West had had their way. the outcome of the subsequent investigation, trial, and verdict is now well known. What remains contentious is why the Islamic world was the first to be accused.

Several years earlier, a bomb had shattered the heart of New York when the World Trade Center became the target of a terrorist attack, indeed carried out by Islamic militants. Why assume, therefore, that the Oklahoma City bomb was the work of the same, or similar, people? Was it the influence of what Samuel P. Huntington calls "Muslim conflict propensity," which led analysts to conclude that violent terrorist acts could only be committed by Islamic militants? If so, what is it within Islam that had created such a tendency? Did the West understand that aspect of the world's fastest-growing religion? and if not, what was it doing to widen its knowledge and create suitable conditions for peaceful coexistence?

The West's view of "Islam is important. Western attitudes toward the Islamic world, from precolonial times to the present day, have had an enormous impact upon the directionthe religion has taken. Western attitudes toward Muslims--the people of the Islamic world--have a tremendous influence on the political direction the Islamic world has taken throughout the twentieth century. But is the impact of Western . . .

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