This accessible and deeply informed book examines the threat that Islamic extremists pose to America and provides a balanced discussion of the link between Iraq and the war on terror. Explaining the basics of Islam and guiding the reader through the intricacies of each significant fundamentalist group, the Palmers answer key questions: Who are the Muslim extremists and how do they fit within the broader context of the Islamic religion? What is their war plan and how do they operate? Who are their allies and what are their weaknesses? What is the experience of Israel, the Islamic world, and the United States in fighting extremists? How can they be defeated? Now in a thoroughly revised and updated edition, the book includes new chapters on Hamas, the Iraqi clones of Hizbullah-including Sadr-and the Islamic government in Turkey.
Monte Palmer is professor emeritus at Florida State University. He directed FSU's Middle East Studies Center, as well as the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut. Princess Palmer is a former consultant for the World Bank.
Chapter 1: America's Struggle against Terror: Who is the Enemy? Chapter 2: Islam, Muslim Extremism, and Anti-Americanism Chapter 3: The Muslim Brotherhood and the Origin of the Radical-Moderates Chapter 4: Hamas: The Ascendance of Religious Extremism in the Arab Israeli Conflict Chapter 5: Hizbullah: A Tale of Three Countries Chapter 6: Iraqi Hizbullah Chapter 7: Turkey: A Model for Democratic Islamic Rule? Chapter 8: The Jihadist Movement and How it Evolved Chapter 9: The Jihadist War Plan Chapter 10: The Jihadist War Machine Chapter 11: The Allies of the Jihadists: Those Who Make Terror Possible Chapter 12: The Israeli Struggle against Terror and Islamic Extremism: A Guide for the United States Chapter 13: How America's Allies in the Islamic World Fight Terror Chapter 14: America, Islamic Extremism and Jihadist Terror