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    DescriptionThe radicalization of Muslims and Islamic institutions in the United States, Europe, and across the Islamic world has fostered a new generation of Islamist activists, many of them willing to use violence to achieve their aims. In "Radical Islam in America", Chris Heffelfinger describes the development of the Islamist movement, examines its efforts and influence in the West, and suggests strategies to reduce or eliminate the threat of Islamist terrorism. The book distinguishes Islamism (the fundamentalist political movement based on Islamic identity and values) from the Muslim faith and explores Islamists' substantial inroads with Muslims and Muslim educational institutions in the West since the 1960s, as well as the larger relationship between Islamist political activism and militancy. Heffelfinger argues that the West has often mischaracterized jihadists as a nihilistic, irrational force desiring nothing but death and destruction. Instead, we need to recognize that Islamists are part of a much broader struggle over the political, social, economic, and legal direction of Muslims around the world. Our failure to understand the motives behind terrorist tactics has resulted not only in ineffective counterterrorism strategies but also in the proliferation of Islamist militants and sympathizers. Among the hundreds of terrorism-related arrests since 9/11, a large number were young, socially alienated Muslims who were moved by the jihadist message but not directed by jihadist networks overseas. That phenomenon - and the ideology behind it - is what Western society and governments must fully understand in order to construct a viable policy to confront it. This book will appeal to scholars and general readers interested in global politics, current affairs, Middle East terrorism, and counterterrorism.

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    Radical Islam in America
    Salafism's Journey from Arabia to the West
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christopher Heffelfinger, Foreword by Lawrence Wright
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 208
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    ISBN 13: 9781597973021
    ISBN 10: 1597973025

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JPWL, JFSR2
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.0
    BIC subject category V2: JPF
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: RL
    Libri: I-RL
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 47
    Ingram Theme: RELI/ISLAM
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: REL037000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL078000
    DC22: 320.557
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    BISAC V2.8: REL084000
    DC22: 320.5/570973, 320.5570973
    LC classification: BP67.U6 H44 2011
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    Thema V1.0: JBSR, JPF, JPWL
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    notes, bibliography, index
    Potomac Books Inc
    Imprint name
    Potomac Books Inc
    Publication date
    30 April 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    CHRIS HEFFELFINGER, an FBI fellow, provides instruction for the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Forces on radical Islam and terrorism at the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point). He is also a researcher and analyst of militant Islam for the CTC. He lives in Washington, D.C.
    Review quote
    Effective counterterrorism strategies require a sophisticated knowledge of ideologies. Through his book, Chris Heffelfinger helps us develop a critical understanding of an extreme religious ideology that motivates and inspires a network of true believers to conduct terrorist violence in the United States. His well-researched insights make an important contribution to the study of modern terrorism by addressing a central dilemma faced by Salafists and Western leaders: Can globalization and liberal democracies co-exist with a radical interpretation of Islam? Throughout the world, a network of Islamic centers and Muslim organizations are trying to shape the perspectives of Muslims in ways that contribute directly to the terrorism threat we face in America today. This book offers a vitally important inside look at the ideas of the Salafi movement and how they have inspired violent acts by individuals in the United States and around the world.