Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies against the West
by Walid Phares
This Foreign Affairs bestseller from MSNBC terrorism expert Walid Phares allows a frightening look into the future of jihad. Phares--who has served as an expert with the Justice Department, briefed the Defense and State Departments, and testified to Congress--shows that ther has been a fundamental misunderstanding about al Qaeda's ultimate goal in the West and what victory...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Palgrave Macmillan Trade
(first published November 17th 2005)
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Aug 13, 2012 Michael Connolly rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Walid Phares is a Lebanese Christian who emigrated to the United States. In this book he explains that since the Arab oil embargo of 1973, the Saudis have used their petrodollars to push a disinformation campaign in American universites. The Saudi Wahabists tell us that jihad is just a form of self-improvement, when they know that it is actually a war against the infidel. The jihadists say one thing in English to a Western audience, and something different in Arabic to a Muslim audience. The goa...more
As a leading expert on terrorism, Phares has been consulted by the U.S. government to provide analysis about the nature of terrorists and the ideologies that fuel them. In Future Jihad, he offers a clear and comprehensive study of those who strategize to carry out terrorism. He examines the historical origin of jihad (literally, a call to action) with the founding Muslim communities under the Prophet Mohammed. He explains how the ideology of jihadism has a historical development with the extremi...more
My son suggested the characters in my Somalia story should be more familiar with the language and ideas of holy war, so I set about educating myself on the topic. All I can say about this book is "Wow!" I read and took notes, then re-read and took notes again, then I read and began to comprehend. The information in the book enabled me to flesh out my Somali characters emotionally because of the context in which they are forced to live. Very readable, very informative, and very helpful.
Eye opening, important book. I've read a number of books on Islamic fundamentalism, Osama Bin Laden etc, but this is by far the best overall. Connects the dots and clarifies the movement: It's origins, strategies, ultimate goal and even it's goal's for individual countries. The author knows what he is talking about as evidenced by the fact that the book was first published in 2005 and some of his predictions have already come true. Can not recommend it highly enough.
Great book for understanding origins and meanings of various terms and concepts associated with Jihadist ideology. Not so great in its right-wing slant and prescriptions near the end. Very useful book to read overall though. One of the most helpful I've come across in making the complexities of Jihadist ideology accessible to the average reader.