here we go again ... another book written by a brilliant, highly insightful author about an extremely timely topic! (HA!) i've been in awe of this "sage" for the past 20 something years, since well before he predicted the fall of the soviet union and the rise of global terrorism. never met the guy, but, i've read now every one of his public writings (and would love to read his other writings as well). i can think of a dozen islamic authors who have their fingers on the pulse of islam and political islam better than graham fuller, but, none better in the western hemisphere. he delves into the diversity of religious expression in islam and he discusses some of the challenges that that diversity now poses for contemporary islam. fuller discusses the unique relationship between the religion and political governance. resolution of the israeli - palestinian conflict might very well, indeed, lead to winning the hearts and minds of many more moderate muslims. i think that fuller has always included astute observations on the predicament of palestinians (read "sense of seige"). the last two secretaries of state in the usa have been women and, i suspect, that can serve as a model for many women in muslim countries. much more is needed in order to advance the role of women in islamic nations. i greatly respect that many traditional islamic schools devote incredible resources to the study of islam and the qu'ran, but, i wish that more time would also be devoted to teaching, say, water purification, petroleum engineering, agriculture, medicine ... the absence of educational opportunities ties the people involuntarily to a religion. personally, as an american, i believe that education leads to voluntary embracing of the Truth. his writing is not especially full of frivolity nor is it especially light. it is very well written, full of sound arguments, very thought provoking, and very insightful. i waffle, does this merit an A or an A+. as i give extremely few A+'s, i give this a solid "A". i very highly recommend this book for - anyone involved in political or intelligence activities in the middle east or those with an interest in such and most individuals with an interest in political islam. this is an excellent resource.