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Militant Islam Reaches America [Hardcover]

Daniel Pipes
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Aug. 27 2002
One of the most far-reaching examinations of militant Islam written to date.

Long before September 11, Daniel Pipes publicly warned Americans that militant Islam had gone to war against America. Drawing on his thirty years of intensive research on Islam, he shows the vital distinction between the faith of Islam and the ideology of militant Islam. Among his findings: militant Islam has much in common with fascism and communism; about one in every eight Muslims worldwide supports militant Islam; 70,000 Al-Qaeda accomplices remain at large in over fifty countries; Michael Jackson and Madonna are, in the eyes of militant Islam, "cultural terrorists" who should be brought to trial; militant Islamic groups have raised $1.3 million for the defense of indicted murder suspect Jamil Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown). Militant Islam Reaches America is one of the important and readable books about the grave issues that now confront America.


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The director of the Middle East Forum on the growth of Islamic fundamentalism.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In the introduction to this polemic against political Islam, Pipes stakes out the political territory just to the left of Pat Buchanan and well to the right of almost everyone else. From this "moderate" position, Pipes argues that Islam is not an inherent threat to Western civilization, but that militant Islam, a branch of Islamic piety that seeks to bring the world under control of Islamic law, is the greatest threat since the cold war. He goes on to explore the threats posed to America by an influx of Muslim immigrants, extol the benefits of racial profiling, and argue that the only viable form of Islamic belief is "secularist" Islam, which embraces Western values and eschews traditional Islamic ones. Never mind that Pipes' argument about the inferiority of Islamic values is precisely the same argument that radical Islamists make about Western values. It's controversial and often interesting stuff--but hardly new. Some of the essays collected here are more than 10 years old (although they have been updated to reflect September 11). There's nothing here that hasn't been said by Ann Coulter or Buchanan or their ilk, but Pipes will make appearances on conservative radio and TV shows, which should drum up some attention. John Green
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" book. Oct. 27 2003
Format:Paperback
Every literate person, particularly every American, simply MUST read this book. We are "at war!" We need to "know" our enemy. If you don't read anything else, read the concluding chapter of the book: WHO IS THE ENEMY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The war is with Militant Islam - NOT Terrorism Sept. 6 2002
Format:Hardcover
Pipe's key contribution in Militant Islam Reaches America is the distinction he makes between Islam the religion and Militant Islam or Islamism the ideology. Militant Islam is comparable to Nazism or Marxism in that it is a radical political ideology that has the stated goal of taking over the world. In light of 9-11, Fukiyama's "end of history" theory - that the West has won and the rest is faits accomplis - is seen as a little pre-mature.
And this threat is very real. Unlike the President and others who use confusing and inaccurate labels like "evil doers" and "war on Terrorism", Pipes clearly defines the enemy: Militant Islam. As Pipe so eloquently states: "And if it is true that most Muslims are not Islamist, it is no less true that all Islamists are Muslims.".
Pipes does a good job of describing the peaceful - yet insidious groups that use our court system and our ultra-tolerant media to get special treatment and promote their cause - as well as the more visible violent strain of Islamism. Tolerance toward Islam in America allows a double standard - e.g. a sanitized view of Islam is pushed in public schools and the main stream media and negative Islamic views are not tolerated. Contrast that with negative reviews of Christian or Jewish groups that are all too prevalent in schools and our media.
Pipes holds out hope that Turkey, as secular moderate Islamic state, can co-exist with the west and be a model for other Islamic states. What is not so hopeful is the fact that virtually all the other Islamic states in the Middle East are moving closer toward Muslim fundamentalism - not closer to Western secularism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Islamism Nov. 18 2002
Format:Hardcover
In this volume Middle East expert Daniel Pipes looks at the changing world since September 11. While some of the essays here were penned before that tragedy, all deal with the rise of Muslim militancy, and how the West should respond.
Pipes begins by arguing that militant Muslims, or Islamists, do not represent all followers of Islam. The good news is they only comprise, at tops, fifteen per cent of the total. The bad news is, with one billion Muslims, 150 million are extremists. It is the Islamists that are the real threat, says Pipes, not traditional Muslims.
Pipes provides the historical backdrop for this new militancy. For their first six centuries, Muslims enjoyed huge success. By the 13th century however decline set in, and for the next six centuries they found themselves heading to the bottom of world affairs, as power and wealth slowly ebbed away. The loss of their golden age, and their sense of alienation and frustration resulted in three recent responses.
Secularism, the first response, is seen in countries such as Turkey. The second option, reformism, meant trying to live with the West. The third option, Islamism, is the focus of this book. Militant Islam seeks to reclaim its golden age, wants the total imposition of Shari'a law, and rejects completely Western influences.
Pipes shows that Islamism is in fact a radical, utopian ideology, of the same mould as Marxism-Leninism or fascism. It is totalitarian in nature, and seeks salvation in political power, not individual religion. Whenever Islamists take power, as in Iran, Sudan and Afghanistan, a bloody tyranny results.
Pipes argues that most traditional Muslims disagree with the premises of the Islamists. This is reflected in part by the fact that often traditional Muslims are the main victims of militant Islam.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extrodinary book March 11 2004
Format:Paperback
Daniel Pipes presents an incredible story of militant Islam and how it is infecting America. The book is very well written and well documented. Pipes did a great deal of research prior to writing this book. He provides a look at the reality of Islam and the hate that can hide behind it. Pipes is NOT anti-Islam but rather sounding a warning that our political correctness is going to be our undoing.
I have read several other books on terrorism and the Middle East since finishing Pipes' book. Many of the books, including ones written by current and former government intelligence officers, reference Mr. Pipes' book as well as confirm many of his facts.
In addition to recent books on terrorism, I have also read numerous historical books on the Middle East both by Western authors as well as Muslim authors. Pipes' views and information are consistent with historical texts as well as current intelligence.
I noticed that another reviewer denigrates Pipes saying that his information is false and undocumented. This is absolutely not true. That reviewer should provide his/her own references prior to attacking Mr. Pipes.
This is an excellent first text for anyone interested in gaining an understanding of the conflict in the Middle East. Mr. Pipes covers many different radical groups as well as the many "charitable organizations" that fund terrorism as well as provide a cover for terrorist's movements. This was probably one of the more disturbing sections as it shows how even truly concerned American citizens can, unwittingly, support global terrorism by giving money to a seemingly legitimate charity.
This was worth reading and is an excellent addition to any library. I would strongly recommend owning this rather than borrowing it from a library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pipes is a genius!
Militant Islam Reaches America is required reading for any American that want to live and not be a victim of militant Islam murder. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by Eric Kent
1.0 out of 5 stars An appaling piece of the "Right Wing" corporate media...
This book is nothing but the author's sheer ignorance close to 10 billion muslims living worldwide. Extremism is not something that is ingrained in one religion or faith. Read more
Published on May 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for every American
Most American's think that Muslim's hate America due to its support of Israel. That could not be farther from the truth. Read more
Published on April 27 2004 by Eric Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Militant Islam Reaches America
A cri de guerre in which the noted scholar (Conspiracy, 1997, etc.) again urges that militant Islam is an enemy and must be treated as such. Read more
Published on April 22 2004 by B. Viberg
1.0 out of 5 stars Pipes never ceases to amaze...
Daniel Pipes never ceases to amaze me. The amount of fiction included in this book which he tries to pass as fact is laughable. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Pipes explains the threat of Militant Islam
After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2003, there have been a number of questions that keep coming up. For example here are some: Just who attacked the United States? Read more
Published on Dec 19 2003 by Henry Cate III
4.0 out of 5 stars "Slay the disbelievers wherever you find them"
Daniel Pipes is to Islamic Studies what Robert Conquest was to Sovietology: a lone voice of caution in a wilderness of apologetics. Read more
Published on March 27 2003 by The Sanity Inspector
2.0 out of 5 stars Political/religious bias discolors content
Political/religious bias discolors conclusions of this book. Pipes is anti democratic and sponsors a bigoted campaign against scholars who disagree with his highly pro Islraeli... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Shari'a Trumps the Constitution
Our nation, founded on the right to open and unfettered exchange of ideas from which we derive much of our greatness, still has one taboo about which it is difficult to speak... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2003 by Ben Hekster
5.0 out of 5 stars A timely collection of essays.
In this fascinating book, Daniel Pipes introduces us to a crucial distinction: Islam on the one hand, and militant Islam - or Islamism - on the other. Read more
Published on Jan. 18 2003 by Mark I. Vuletic
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