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By Emile Nakhleh

In an important Engagement, the CIA's former element guy on Islam makes a lively case for a renewal of yankee public international relations within the Muslim international. providing 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 international advantages the nationwide curiosity of the U.S.. accordingly, the following management may still discard the terrorism prism during which the rustic has considered political Islam on account that 11th of September and concentration as a substitute at the universal pursuits of the USA and mainstream Muslims. Nakhleh investigates fresh U.S. coverage towards Islamic countries and gives the hot management a ten-point plan for rebuilding America's dating 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 our intelligence neighborhood, in addition to a long term American dedication of body of workers and assets. whereas the good fortune of those efforts should be incremental and difficult to degree, Nakhleh believes that the present low status of the USA in so much Arab and Muslim international locations should be reversed. Stressing that potent public international relations has to be a major, coordinated attempt pursued on the optimum political degrees, an important Engagement charts a brand new direction for destiny ties among the U.S. and the Islamic global.

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Shaykh Yusif al-Qaradawi in interviews with al-Masri alYaym newspaper in Egypt on November 27, 2006 and September 9, 2008, stated that he supported Hizballah in its struggle against Israel but opposed Hizballah’s and other Shia groups’ efforts to spread the Shia doctrine among Sunnis. On December 10, 2006, thirty-eight prominent Saudi clerics published a statement decrying the “massacres” and “sectarian cleansing” perpetrated by Iraqi Shia against the Sunnis in that country. S. ” The statement frequently referred to what it called a “Crusader, Safavi, rafidi (rejectionist)” conspiracy—that is, the United States, Iran, and the Shia—and implied that Iraq POLITICAL ISLAM AND ISLAMIZATION 29 currently is under a dual occupation by the United States and Iran.

It is interesting to note, however, that the geography textbooks, even the new editions, in several of these countries still omit Israel from their maps of the Middle East and show “Palestine” covering the land between the Jordan 26 CHAPTER 1 River and the Mediterranean Sea. Saudi textbooks, understandably, continue to espouse the Wahhabi interpretation of Islam, which tends to encourage Muslims to eschew relations with non-Muslims. Shia Activism Much of our discussion of Islamization thus far applies to Sunni Islam; in recent years, however, Shia activism has become more pronounced in the Middle East.

Shia political leaders across the region have concluded that the democratic process could be an effective tool to lead them to power, either as a majority (Iraq and Bahrain) or as influential minorities (Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and elsewhere). These leaders have emerged as the most vocal advocates of democracy, a fact that has alarmed many Sunni authoritarian regimes. Shia political leaders in Iraq and Bahrain have also learned that their overt commitment to democracy finds resonance in the West.

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