Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-0-7425-5517-4 • Hardback • November 2007 • $121.00 • (£93.00)
978-0-7425-5518-1 • Paperback • November 2007 • $53.00 • (£41.00)
978-1-4616-3811-7 • eBook • November 2007 • $47.50 • (£37.00)
Monte Palmer is professor emeritus at Florida State University. He directed FSU's Middle East Studies Center, as well as the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut. Princess Palmer is a former consultant for the World Bank.
Chapter 1: America's Struggle against Terror: Who is the Enemy?
Chapter 2: Islam, Muslim Extremism, and Anti-Americanism
Chapter 3: The Muslim Brotherhood and the Origin of the Radical-Moderates
Chapter 4: Hamas: The Ascendance of Religious Extremism in the Arab Israeli Conflict
Chapter 5: Hizbullah: A Tale of Three Countries
Chapter 6: Iraqi Hizbullah
Chapter 7: Turkey: A Model for Democratic Islamic Rule?
Chapter 8: The Jihadist Movement and How it Evolved
Chapter 9: The Jihadist War Plan
Chapter 10: The Jihadist War Machine
Chapter 11: The Allies of the Jihadists: Those Who Make Terror Possible
Chapter 12: The Israeli Struggle against Terror and Islamic Extremism: A Guide for the United States
Chapter 13: How America's Allies in the Islamic World Fight Terror
Chapter 14: America, Islamic Extremism and Jihadist Terror
The authors' nuanced analysis is a welcome addition to a growing literature on political Islam. Recommended.
— Choice Reviews
This brilliant book is absolutely the best contribution ever to the study of Islamic radicalism. Never before has any work on this heated topic dealt with it as comprehensively, dispassionately, and convincingly as the Palmers do in this breathtaking study. This smoothly written work is a must read for everyone, including decision makers in countries gripped with the dilemma of Islamic radicalism.
— Hilal Khashan, American University of Beirut
This powerful author team examines the heart and soul of Islam, a religion and civilization that is increasingly global in impact. As leading guides, the Palmers provide a clear path to understanding Islam. Using their new book as a field guide, readers will chart a safe course through a world beset by violence, ignorance, and arrogance.
— James A. Bill, College of William & Mary
Praise for the authors' work:
[A] sensible and productive set of proposals for understanding Muslim extremism. . . . [The authors] analyze jihadi strategies with a nuanced common sense all too hard to come by in the sometimes sensationalist literature on the topic.
— The New York Times
Praise for the authors' work:
A compelling and extremely well-written analysis of topics that generally suffer serious distortion by the unthinking generalizations of policymakers and the media. The complexity of the Islamic world and the Middle East are made wholly understandable through this excellent and lucid work.
— Prof. J. A. (Tony) Allan, Department of Geography, King's College London
Examines the tremendous diversity of Islamic extremism and places it within the context of the broader Islamic community
Examines the strengths, strategies, and weaknesses of the diverse forms of Islamic extremism
The only book that provides the reader on a step-by-step discussion of the Islamic extremism movement from its origins and motivations through its strategies, operations, support base, and confrontation with governments of the Middle East and Western world
Analyzes why Israeli, Muslim, and American efforts to combat Islamic extremism have been ineffective
Draws heavily on Arabic sources and the authors’ vast experience in working with Islamic groups
Updated and expanded to assess the Hamas victory in Palestine, the Israeli defeat in its war with Hizbullah, the crumbling U.S. position in Iraq, the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the growing tensions with Iran, U.S. efforts to redraw the map of the Middle East, and the surge in the sophistication of terrorist plots
Ideal for courses that focus on terrorism, Middle Eastern studies, international politics, strategic studies, comparative politics, and current events
Offers context for readers with no prior knowledge of the Islamic religion or the Middle East