Islamic Fundamentalism: The New Global Threat

Islamic Fundamentalism: The New Global Threat

Islamic Fundamentalism: The New Global Threat

Islamic Fundamentalism: The New Global Threat


This book is an affirmation of the wisdom of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad. It describes, however, the dire effects of fundamentalism fed by the frenzy of the ayatollahs of Iran, beginning with Khomeini. The octopus of fundamentalism stretches its tentacles into vulnerable places from Central Asia to the Atlantic coast of Africa, from New York to Cairo. Its heart beats in Tehran, where Khomeini's heirs misuse petro-dollars and the profound religious beliefs of the Muslim world to export Khomeiniism, the most destructive and retrogressive form of religious fundamentalism. Poised to strike at the heart of Khomeiniism in Iran is a resistance movement whose pivotal force, the People's Mojahedin, are Shiite Muslims, but with a democratic and nationalistic orientation.


Islamic fundamentalism, as propagated by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini and currently by his heirs, imperils the new world order. the ruling mullahs are using diplomacy, bribery, terrorism, and carefully crafted propaganda to woo Muslim nations, especially the newly independent Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union. This is especially dangerous because Iran is seeking to acquire nuclear warheads and intercontinental ballistic missiles from these republics.

Policymakers have too often overlooked threats until confronted with a full-fledged crisis. One cannot afford this approach in dealing with Tehran's brand of Islamic fundamentalism. the spread of pro-Iranian regimes, backed by a nuclear-armed government in Tehran, would be a disaster. We have to prevent that threat before it happens.

This book clearly defines the Khomeini form of Islamic fundamentalism and gives a well-documented, authoritative account of its history, reasons for its appeal, and its frightening goals for the future. It also presents a realistic policy to neutralize Tehran's campaign against democracy and peace.

The book's strength is a reflection of the background and position of the author, Mohammad Mohaddessin, who is a ranking member of the People's Mojahedin of Iran. the Mojahedin derive their ideology from Islam, as Khomeini did. But there the similarity ends. Unlike Khomeini and his heirs, the Mojahedin believe in freedom, human rights, and democratic values. the clash between the Mojahedin and the ruling mullahs has been a war between two very different Islams.

In 1965, the Mojahedin formed an underground organization and launched a battle for democracy against the shah's corrupt dictatorship, losing hundreds of men and women in the course of that struggle or to the shah's firing squads.

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