By Emile Nakhleh

In an important Engagement, the CIA's former aspect guy on Islam makes a lively case for a renewal of yank public international relations within the Muslim international. supplying a distinct stability among in-depth research, own memoir, and overseas coverage treatments, the ebook injects much-needed knowledge into the general public dialogue of long term U.S.-Muslim family. Intelligence insider Emile Nakhleh argues that an engagement with the Muslim global merits the nationwide curiosity of the U.S.. as a result, the following management should still discard the terrorism prism wherein the rustic has seen political Islam because Sept. 11 and concentration as a substitute at the universal pursuits of the United States and mainstream Muslims. Nakhleh investigates contemporary U.S. coverage towards Islamic international locations and provides the hot management a ten-point plan for rebuilding America's courting with the Muslim international. the writer demonstrates that successful over Arabs and Muslims calls for a radical wisdom of Arab and Muslim cultures and languages inside of our intelligence group, in addition to a long term American dedication of body of workers and assets. whereas the luck of those efforts should be incremental and difficult to degree, Nakhleh believes that the present low status of the USA in such a lot Arab and Muslim nations will be reversed. Stressing that potent public international relations needs to be a major, coordinated attempt pursued on the optimum political degrees, an important Engagement charts a brand new path for destiny ties among the us and the Islamic global.

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Yet, traditional Islamic fashions have become a huge business, and major stores in Kuala Lumpur, Beirut, Ankara, Istanbul, Amman, Cairo, Rabat, and Jakarta have large displays of expensive floor-length dresses and abas for women. Silk and wool scarves and head covers (hijabs) of all colors and materials are also on display in high-end stores. To illustrate this transformation, only a few years ago a town in the Qasim region in the heart of Saudi Arabia was the only place in the Muslim world where one found totally covered women.

Beyond domestic sectarian violence, will the region witness the formation of new regional alignments driven by Sunni-Shia sectarianism and Arab-Persian tensions reflecting a sense of “Sunni solidarity” and Shia assertiveness? Will such alignments enable conservative Saudi radical Salafi clerics to preach to their followers a new “jihad” against their Shia coreligionists? And will this type of violence lead to a Saudi-Iranian confrontation? Although the summer 2006 Lebanon war enhanced Hizballah’s prestige as an Arab “resistance” or muqawama movement against Israel, will increased Sunni-Shia conflicts push Sunni Arab nationalists to alter their view of Hizballah, perceiving it instead as a conduit for Shia Iran?

S. ” Third, “indiscriminate killing of civilians by jihadists’ weapons of mass destruction is permissible if civilians cannot be practically distinguished from others in warfare. If they are killed collaterally, there is nothing wrong with it. ” Fourth, “prohibitions against massive destruction of property, or “sowing corruption in the land,” according to the Qur>an, are not applicable when fighting the enemies of Islam. Whenever two causes of “corruption” conflict, it is agreed that one averts the greater by committing the lesser, meaning that the corruption caused by infidels’ remaining in their state of unbelief and not entering the rule of Islam is greater than the “corruption” caused by devastating and destroying their territory.

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