Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Faith, Reason, and the War against Jihadism. A Call to Action

Academic journal article Middle East Quarterly

Faith, Reason, and the War against Jihadism. A Call to Action

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Faith, Reason, and the War against Jihadism. A Call to Action. By George Weigel. New York: Doubleday, 2007. 208 pp. $19.

Weigel, a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, ably skewers numerous widely held assumptions about the conflict between the Islamic world and the West. Chief among these is the common illusion that - despite the ostentatious religiosity of Osama bin Laden and jihadists in general - what the West faces is a threat of "terrorism" that has no significant religious component, such that Western governments need only focus on poverty and political disenfranchisement in the Islamic world, and that Western strategists need not familiarize themselves with Islamic theology and law. In contrast, Weigel argues convincingly that the conflict is inherently and fundamentally theological and that it ultimately involves two radically different conceptions of the nature of the human person and the ideal way to order human society. But this eludes all too many Western analysts as they are irreligious themselves and have no idea of the importance and impact of religion on individuals and societies rendering them hopelessly unable to understand the enemy and the civilizational challenge he presents to the West. …

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