A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America's Relations with by Emile Nakhleh

By Emile Nakhleh

In an important Engagement, the CIA's former element guy on Islam makes a lively case for a renewal of yank public international relations within the Muslim global. delivering a distinct stability among in-depth research, own memoir, and international coverage treatments, the publication injects much-needed knowledge into the general public dialogue of long term U.S.-Muslim relatives. Intelligence insider Emile Nakhleh argues that an engagement with the Muslim international advantages the nationwide curiosity of the USA. as a result, the subsequent management should still discard the terrorism prism by which the rustic has considered political Islam considering 9-11 and concentration as an alternative at the universal pursuits of the USA and mainstream Muslims. Nakhleh investigates contemporary U.S. coverage towards Islamic countries and provides 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 might be incremental and tough to degree, Nakhleh believes that the present low status of the us in so much Arab and Muslim nations should be reversed. Stressing that potent public international relations needs to be a significant, coordinated attempt pursued on the maximum political degrees, an important Engagement charts a brand new path for destiny ties among the U.S. and the Islamic global.

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In POLITICAL ISLAM AND ISLAMIZATION 25 nations rife with increasing unemployment and a deepening gap between rich and poor—in an environment of regime neglect, corruption, and repression—these textbooks will inevitably push some segments of the rising generation to become radicalized and susceptible to Bin Ladin’s message that the United States is the enemy of Islam. In response to domestic and international demands for reform, Arab regimes began to talk about reform in areas like economics and education, but a wide gap remains between words and deeds.

An examination of grade school and secondary school textbooks in several Muslim states reveals the tremendous influence of Islamic activist bureaucrats in shaping the curriculum. Saudi Arabia offers an extreme example of the pervasiveness of Islam throughout the curriculum—from religion to physics textbooks. In the Moroccan curriculum, on the 10 CHAPTER 1 other hand, Islamic references are found only in religion and Islamic history textbooks. During this stage, Islamic activists’ efforts to change the political system are for the most part peaceful and lawful.

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. Among the signatories of the statement are Shaykh Abd al-Rahman bin Nasir al-Barrak, Shaykh Safar al-Hawali, Shaykh Nasir al-Umar, Shaykh Ali al-Ghamdi, Shaykh Muhammad alQahtani, and Shaykh Salman al-Awda. Two days after the publication of the Saudi statement, Shaykh al-Barrak, the first cleric to sign the Saudi statement, issued a separate and a more extreme and vicious fatwa against the Shia.

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