Militant Islamist Ideology

Understanding the Global Threat
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Binding:Paperback
Published:September 15, 2013
  • A featured title on the 2014 Reading List of the Commandant of the Army Chaplain Center and School
A top adviser at the Joint Intelligence Task Force for Combating Terrorism argues that winning the war against Militant Islamists requires a more nuanced understanding of their ideology. His book is among the first attempts to deconstruct and marginalize al-Qaida ideology using Islamic based arguments. In offering a comprehensive explanation of how militant Islamists have hijacked the Islamic religion, Aboul-Enein provides a realistic description of the militant threat, which is far different and distinct from Islamist political discourse and the wider religion of Islam. A key adviser at the Joint Intelligence Task Force for Combating Terrorism, he argues that winning the war against Militant Islamists requires a more complete understanding of their ideology. Clearly defining the differences between Islam, Islamist, and military Islamist, he highlights how militant Islamist ideology takes selected fragments of Islamic history and theology and weaves them into a narrow, pseudo-intellectual ideology to justify their violence against Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
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Product Details
  • Subject: Terrorism
  • Paperback : 272 pages
  • Illustrations: 6
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (September 15, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1591140706
  • ISBN-13: 9781591140702
  • Product Dimensions: 6 X 9 in
  • Shipping Weight: 15.04 oz
Praise
  • "Among many authors writing about militant Islam, few explain the threat in such lucid detail as Youssef Aboul-Enein does in this scholarly and provocative treatise exposing the dangers and flaws of militant Islamic ideology. Best are his controversial and thoughtful arguments describing why militant Islamic governments always will fail, why al-Qaida and the Taliban cannot ever win, and the sure signs that Osama bin Laden was a hypocrite and a coward."
    Military Officer, June 2011
  • "Highly informative and important account.”
    Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol 6, No 2 (2012), Terrorism Bookshelf: Top 150 Books on Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • “…One of the most important books concerning the Global War on Terrorism since the war started over a decade ago…A book that every Army officer and soldier should read…Fascinating study…An important book, and one that should be read by those serving now and in the future.” — Army History, Spring 2013
  • “Aboul-Enein's main points are powerful and compelling…engaging book.”
    Charleston Gazette, January 21, 2012

Youssef H. Aboul-Enein is a U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps Commander, Middle East Foreign Area Officer, and is author of Militant Islamist Ideology: Understanding the Global Threat, Iraq in Turmoil: Historical Perspectives of Dr. Ali al-Wardi from the Ottoman Empire to King Feisal, and co-author of The Secret War for the Middle East: The Influence of Axis and Allied Intelligence Operations During World War II, all published by Naval Institute Press. He currently is Adjunct Islamic Studies Chair at the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy as well as Adjunct Faculty for Middle East Counter Terrorism Analysis at the National Intelligence University. His full-time duty since 2006 has been as Senior Counter-Terrorism Advisor, Warning Officer, and Instructor on Militant Islamist Ideology at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Defense Combating Terrorism Center in Washington DC. CDR Aboul-Enein served as Country Director for North Africa and Egypt, Assistant Country Director for the Arabian Gulf, and Special Advisor on Islamist Militancy at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs from 2002 to 2006. At the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he helped prepare Defense Department officials engage in ministerial level talks with their counterparts from Morocco to the Persian Gulf.

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