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Lots of interesting historical information. It was written in 2004 and a lot of development happen since that.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على سيد المرسلين نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم .. وبعد :خلق الله عز وجل الناس حنفاء موحدين مخلصين لله الدين ، وفطرهم على التوحيد والإقرار بمعرفة الله عز وجل ، قال تعالى : (فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفاً فِطْرَةَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا لا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّهِ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لا يَعْلَمُونَ) (الروم : 30) ، لكن حصل الانحراف والضلال في البشر و أصابهم الشرك في العبادة .ف...
Though the book is very informative, I don't think it really lives up to the thesis that the author lays out in the introduction. Rather than laying out a path to win the "war for Muslim minds", the author instead recounts a general history of US involvement in the Middle East. It does a fine job, but loses its way early on, and only a short portion towards the end is pertinent to what he lays out as being his main argument.
most of the section on Iraq could have been left out, or summarized in the intro. seemed more like an answer to the present-day situation and an anti-neocon rant. (which i'm all for, and it was well done, but it just didn't fit here) Everything else (especially focusing on the war for muslim minds within the arab and muslim worlds) was fascinating and detailed.
I thought it was a good review of the history of relations between the U.S. and the Middle East. It was easy to read and I learned a lot. I was a little confused because the title made me think it would be more about Islamo-American/Islamo-European relations on a personal level rather than a government or ruling class level, but I enjoyed the book nonetheless.
Great primer into rise of Islamic militancy via international interference by global superpowers in pursuit of Cold War-era foreign policy objectives, financed by petro-monarchies of Saudi Arabia (Wahabbiism) and other states in Gulf region...
The Middle East is a screwy place and we better stop stirring the hornets nest or they will blow us up.
Very informative, somewhat weakly structured and written.
some chapters insightful, others were pretty boring.
The first thing I ever read that helped me actually begin to get a handle on Middle Eastern politics and history.
Barely remember it. I'm ambivalent about winning 'em over.
In sum, a dense verbose left-leaning account of Islam and its development vis-a-vis Western society.Nonetheless, a good read.