Militant Islamist Ideology
REVIEW by Willard Manus
ISLAMIST IDEOLOGY--UNDERSTANDING THE GLOBAL THREAT explains Islam in a
way from which everyone can benefit. The author, Commander Yousedd H.
Aboul-Enein, an officer in the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps., was born
in Mississippi but raised in Saudi Arabia. His knowledge of Arabic and
above all the Qu'ran is impressive; even better, he can express that knowledge
in a concise, easy-to-read way. By clearly defining the differences between
Islam, Islamist and Militant Islamist, Aboul-Enein spells out how the
largely peaceful and humanistic message of the Qu'ran has been perverted
by groups such as al-Qaida and the Taliban.
Above all, Aboul-Enein urges us to refrain from labeling Islam as the problem. The religion is not inherently violent, he insists; neither is our struggle a bipolar one between Islam and the West. "This negates the reality that Muslims are needed to fight militant Islamists."
MILITANT ISLAMIST IDEOLOGY, as one reviewer noted, "should be required reading for anyone interested in the conflict of ideas within Islam." (Naval Institute Press; www.nip.org).