By Emile Nakhleh
In an important Engagement, the CIA's former aspect guy on Islam makes a lively case for a renewal of yankee public international relations within the Muslim international. delivering 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 merits the nationwide curiosity of the USA. consequently, the subsequent management may still discard the terrorism prism wherein the rustic has considered political Islam on the grounds that 11th of September and concentration as an alternative at the universal pursuits of the United States and mainstream Muslims. Nakhleh investigates contemporary U.S. coverage towards Islamic countries and gives the hot management a ten-point plan for rebuilding America's courting with the Muslim global. the writer demonstrates that profitable over Arabs and Muslims calls for an intensive wisdom of Arab and Muslim cultures and languages inside our intelligence neighborhood, in addition to a long term American dedication of group 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 international locations might 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 direction for destiny ties among the U.S. and the Islamic international.
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20 CHAPTER 1 Factors Contributing to Islamization The factors that drive Islamic activism vary among activists and among countries, but it is possible to identify a few critical ones. The search for identity and the sense of defeat and injustice top the list of factors that Muslim interlocutors usually enumerate. Whether in Jordan, Egypt, or Indonesia, Muslim interlocutors have highlighted the importance of Islam as their identity anchor, especially as many of them do not feel a close allegiance toward the state.
The fourth stage ushers in the political process of Islamic activism where activists embark on an effort to transform their political community into a more Sharia-friendly one. In tracking these efforts with my Muslim interlocutors, I concluded that Islamic activists begin to target the ministries of education and justice in order to ensure that educational curricula and textbooks are imbued with Islamic education, references to the Qur>an and the Hadith, Islamic history and traditions (especially the golden age of Islam), and Islam’s contributions to knowledge.
Shia political leaders in Iraq and Bahrain have also learned that their overt commitment to democracy finds resonance in the West. American policymakers have initially endorsed the newly articulated Shia democracy platform in the belief that it would be inclusive and pluralistic; however, this endorsement cooled off considerably once they realized that Shia democracy in Iraq began to systematically exclude Sunnis from the post-Saddam political order and deny them access to economic opportunity and political power.