Militant Islam Reaches America Hardcover – Aug 27 2002
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The director of the Middle East Forum on the growth of Islamic fundamentalism.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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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.Read more ›
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.
In "Militant Islam Reaches America" Daniel Pipes tries to answer some of these questions. Daniel Pipes has about a dozen books on various facets of the Middle East. He makes the distinction between "Islam" and "Militant Islam." He believes that "Islam" is not a threat to America or any Western Civilization, but that "Militant Islam" is a very, very serious threat.
The author traces Islam through history and mentions how for a long time that the religion of Islam was practiced by members of powerful civilizations, but that over the last couple hundred years most of the countries which practice Islam have fallen behind the Western World economically and politically. Part of the Militant Islam response is from people who want to make their contries powerful again. They are trying to use Islam to impose their will on their countries, and on other countries.
In many ways Militant Islam is more like Socialism or Communism. Those behind it are more concerned with power and trying to make other people follow them. The author points out that while we did lose several thousand people in the terrorist attacks on September 11th, Militant Islams are killing dozens and hundreds of Moderate and Traditional Islams each week.
Daniel Pipes mentions case after case where Militant Islams will not tolerate differences of opinions. They expect to win arguements more from their willingness to inflict violence than to show the rightness of their beliefs.Read more ›
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Militant Islam Reaches America is required reading for any American that want to live and not be a victim of militant Islam murder. Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by Eric Kent
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 morePublished on May 1 2004
Most American's think that Muslim's hate America due to its support of Israel. That could not be farther from the truth. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by Eric Kent
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 morePublished on April 22 2004 by B. Viberg
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 morePublished on Feb. 13 2004
Every literate person, particularly every American, simply MUST read this book. We are "at war!" We need to "know" our enemy. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2003 by Robert Kelly-Schleyer, M.A.
Daniel Pipes is to Islamic Studies what Robert Conquest was to Sovietology: a lone voice of caution in a wilderness of apologetics. Read morePublished on March 27 2003 by The Sanity Inspector
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 morePublished on Feb. 4 2003
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 morePublished on Jan. 31 2003 by Ben Hekster