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The Followers of Jihad: On April 1, 1979, Iran became the first Islamic republic in history. Three decades later, the shock waves from the Iranian Revolution are still being felt around the globe [and] we are rapidly approaching the most dangerous moment in the history of the Iranian Revolution. Iran�s senior leaders have stated publicly
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Lori
If you liked "Epicenter", you'll probably like 'Inside the Revolution'. Rosenberg digs deeper, and explains in detail the historical and personal background of how the primary 'groups' have come to believe, in what they believe. 509 pages have never flown by faster. Grouped into three main groups, "Radicals", Reformers" and the 'Revivalists', Rosenberg has interviewed numerous people for their 'first hand' perspective in their own words.
Taranimu Qalb
Here are my comments and observations on this book.

1. It's politically and religiously motivated work. 40% Political and 60% religious.

2. It undoubtedly campaigns Christian mission. As a Muslim reader, I'm 100% unconvinced about its narrative on Christianity. My religion is the ultimate truth as what the author's think on his religion. There's no wrong with my religion. There's wrong with the interpretation of the Qur'an but not with my RELIGION. NEVER.

3. The book is clearly BIASED. HE divided h
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Ray
Sometimes, there are books which start out slowly, but you know if you stay with it, you'll feel it was worthwhile. Then again, there are books like this which prove your initial hunch was correct. This book begins with quotes and discussions with recently retired U.S. Army General Jerry Boykin. I thought that name was familiar, and wondered if he was the same U.S. General who had been regularly appearing at evangelical revivals preaching that the US was in a holy war as a "Christian nation" bat ...more
Faye
This is a non-fiction book that seems huge but actually was easy to read. If you are at all interested in the Middle East and Islam/Christianity, I would really recommend reading this book. If you can't get through the whole thing, I would at least read the last third of the book which describes all of the amazing things that God is doing in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries. Really eye opening for me to read. Gave a broader perspective of current events overseas. Defini ...more
Karen
Oh my. I knew, just from the little bit I've been able to get through of Rosenberg's writings for the NY Times, that this was a...less than objective reporter. To be charitable. But I had no idea the level of crazy he had attained until reading this. I really, really tried to read this. Several times. Sadly, I couldn't make it past the first chapter.
Robin
Very interesting, especially in light of the current events in Iran and their recent threat toward Israel and the US.
I bought this for my dad, who is Christian, with a curiosity about Muslims and what they really believe. He loved it and gave it back to me to read and has been passing it around to family and friends.
Brenda
Very timely and interesting - a good perspective on what's happening right now in the middle east.
Ann
In this book, Joel Rosenberg (himself a Messianic Jew), is able to interpret the modern day conflicts in the Middle East (which he calls the "epicenter") in light of Biblical prophecy and make a compelling case that God is up to something HUGE in these "latter days". He is NOT some radical nut case ... he intellectually reviews the history of the region and its leaders, what they are saying they believe in, and he reviews what they are declaring their intentions to be. In the book, Rosenberg br ...more
Jerome
Eh, this was OK. Although a Christian myself, it seems to me that most Christians are a little too comfortable and conditioned to "good news" to take world affairs or Islam seriously. They just rely on the works of "other Christians" too much for fear of being "distracted" by "worldly opinions."
Of course, pursuit of "worldly knowledge" should never override a Christian's pursuit of God, but people take that to extremes because they don't like hearing about the brutal realities of this fallen wor
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Trevor Parker
Jan 25, 2010 Trevor Parker rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who want to know more about the Mid East and Israel
This is a great crash course in Islam and Mid East politics. I knew virtually nothing about the area, other than reading the news. But guess what, there is so much the news doesn't cover about the area. I had no idea the fight some of these political leaders had actually getting the U.S. to send troops into their countries. Iraq had petitioned for U.S. support since the early 90's. Afghanistan the same; it took 9/11 for our government to say, oh OK, now we'll listen to your pleas and send troops ...more
Judith
Inside the Revolution: How the Followers of Jihad, Jefferson & Jesus Are Battling to Dominate the Middle East and Transform the World by Joel C. Rosenberg has the breathless tone of missionary fervor throughout, although the first two thirds of the book are largely historical. Rosenberg frequently quotes his many interviewees directly, lengthening his account of 30 years of terrorism. He stresses the danger inherent in Iran's nuclear ambitions, detailing Ahmadinejad's threats in terms of Isl ...more
Carolngary22
This was extremely interesting and informative. Joel has traveled all over the Middle East and interviewed the prominent and ordinary folks who are involved in decisions that effect us all. This is a must read for people who want to know what's really going on.
Laura
I love the research and thought Joel Rosenberg puts into his books. If you want to know the real-deal of what's going on in the middle east this is a book you should read.
Cyndi
Great book. Great insight on what is happening around us during this current political nightmare.
God will prevail! I know how it ends....... you can too, read your Bible!
Ron
Okay, this is very much a religious missionary type book. The goal is to get everyone on board with converting the Muslim world to Christianity. Or at the very least, donate to the Joshua Fund (spoiler). What I liked was the insight and the interviews and the actual reporting of what is going on in the Middle East as far as Politics, Freedom and Christianity is concerned. What I did not like was the call to arms in the cause of Christian missionary work in the Middle East. That is extremely dang ...more
Ben Zajdel
Inside the Revolution is Joel Rosenberg's latest work on the current events transpiring in the Middle East and what affect they have on the Western Evangelical world. It is reminiscent of his previous work, Epicenter, but this time Rosenberg focuses on three revolutions that he has labeled that are occurring in the Muslim world today.




The first revolution that Rosenberg identifies is that of Islamic Radicals, more specifically the current regime in Iran. Rosenberg gives a brief history of Iran's
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Paul
An exciting and compelling read re what is happening in many Moslem majority countries. It gave a bigger picture to the little bits and pieces we have heard from friends and other sources. Rosenberg divides the Islamic world into three groups: reformers, radical and renewed. The reformers like King Mohammed of Morocco are moderates and Christian friendly. The renewed are discovering the greater significance of the Prophet Issa and embracing his claims in faith. The radicals are an extremely smal ...more
Bruce
This is a great book. Not just entertaining, but meaningful. In many ways it has made a measurable change in my life and faith. Joel C. Rosenberg is a Messianic Jew who writes about Islam and the Middle East. This book is in three parts. The first part is about the Radical Muslims, the ones who believe "Islam is the truth and Jihad is the Way". It will scare you. It did me. The second part is about the Reformers, the ones who believe "Islam is the truth but Jihad is not the Way". This was enligh ...more
Charyla Olsen
I didn't quite "get" history when I was younger, so I found Inside the Revolution to be a great help to the gap in my life regarding history in the Middle East. If I had paid attention in college, would we have studied the history of the Middle East? Probably not. The first part of the book is overwhelming in its discussion of the radical aspects of Islam. The middle section talks about the Reformers who are taking their countries in the direction of freedom and even democracy in some cases--and ...more
Melissa
I learned much from this book, from history to statistics. I gained a deeper appreciation for the dangers of being a Christian in a Muslim country, and reflected on the way the Lord can change a person from any background, be it American or Jewish or Muslim (each and every one is a deep sinner, in any case). There were a few things I didn't particularly agree with or care for, but it was still an interesting and eye-opening book.
Don Weidinger
Movements: Radical Reform Revival. People: the revolutionaries resistors rettison, rank-in-file. Black hawk down was similar to the atrocities of the 1790s french revolution. The perhaps 1% extremists. Hitlers rhetoric in 33 and Ahmadinejad today. American muslims 4 times more likely to be dvsr per data, offended by hp hollywood and pornography, follow the lead of Morrocco and others with Jeffersonian democracy.
Joe
this is one of my highly recommended books. this book is indepth about the current standings of radical islam and how it relates to Israel as well as the united states. it dives deeply into the statistics of the crazies vs the noncrazies and puts everything into perspectives regarding such things. Very Highly recommended!
Wendy
Great insight into centuries of entangled religious movements that have touched almost every continent in our world! Im glad I read it even though I couldn't follow all the leaders, past leaders, and familial leaders of countries. Their nations are so small yet act and live out loud all their beliefs to the fullest.
Jane
Sobering look at where we are, written by a guy with a unique vantage point on events in the middle east. Heard Joel speak at my church a couple of weeks ago - so many folks came to hear him that the lobby was filled with chairs, people were standing, and some were finally turned away because there was no more room.
Gary Owen
This is a 515 page book of recent history of the Arab Muslim nations and people who find Jesus and how they spread the gospel and embrace Jeffersonian democracy as well to improve the situations in these Islamic countries. It is a good book and informative with Biblical History as well.
Jo Ann Mooneyham
This is a phenomal 'encyclopedia' on Islam! I became educated about the Radicals, Reformers and Revivalists and have hope that God can redeem the worst Radicals after Joel's chapter on Revivalists! God always offers hope where there is darkness!
Elizabeth
Recommended by Joel Rosenberg himself of course but since i've already read a number of his books why not?
It was excellent and i treasured the wealth of information about the Christians growing up in Muslims countries....
Tammy Webb-witholt
Such an insightful and inspiring book. It will change your perspective on the Muslim world. It will show you three different perspectives and in the midst of it what God is accomplishing for his Glory. Highly Recommend
Sheldon Lehman
Very good read. Took my time and read it as a sideline book. A lot of information about Muslims (jihadists and peacefuls) and the history and situations in the Middle East. You gotta read this one.
Les
Although, completely bias towards becoming a Christian.. This book had some pretty good insight into the Middle East and used some decent historical references that are not commonly known.
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Note: This is a different person than the fantasy author, Joel Rosenberg

Joel C. Rosenberg is the founder of The Joshua Fund and the New York Times best-selling author of THE LAST JIHAD (2002), THE LAST DAYS (2003), THE EZEKIEL OPTION (2005), THE COPPER SCROLL (2006), EPICENTER (2006) and DEAD HEAT (2008) with m
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