This provocative and timely book challenges conventional wisdom that the introspective Wahhabi movement or classic Islamic doctrines are the root causes of modern Middle East terrorism. Instead, the author persuasively argues that current regional unrest stems directly from internal perceptions of relative political and economic deprivation as well as from ad hoc abortive efforts by tunnel-visioned Western intelligence agencies to co-opt radical regional political-religious elements as opposing forces against other emerging global ideologies deemed more politically dangerous at the time.
Gene W. Heck is a senior business development economist operating in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Mideast. Prior to joining the private sector, he was a member of the United States Diplomatic Corps, with postings to the U.S. embassies in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. He also serves as adjunct professor of government and history with the University of Maryland.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1. The Concept of Jihad in Historic Context Chapter 3 Chapter 2. On the Islamic Doctrine of War Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Getting From "There" To "Here" Chapter 5 Chapter 4. Jihad: Do "Wahhabis" Get A Bad Rap? Chapter 6 Chapter 5. Eastern Designs And Holy War Chapter 7 Chapter 6. How Western "Jihad" Created Al-Qaeda Chapter 8 Chapter 7. Is Western Democracy The Answer? Chapter 9 Chapter 8. Is Eastern Capitalism The Answer? Chapter 10 Chapter 9. Epilogue: Reaping The Whirlwind Chapter 11 Appendix A: Islam And Foreign Policy Chapter 12 Appendix B: The Islamic Code of Conduct for "Just War" Chapter 13 Appendix C: The Islamic Code of Conduct for "Just Peace" Chapter 14 Appendix D: Religious Verses As Militant Propaganda