Hashmi, Taj, GlobalJihad and America. The Hundred-Year War Beyond Iraq and Afghanistan, Los Angeles, Sage Publications, 2014, 344p.
Global Jihad and America questions the assumption if Islamist terrorism, or “Global Jihad,” poses the biggest threat to modern civilization in the East and West. It explores if Islamic and Western civilizations, being “incompatible” to each other, are destined to be at loggerheads. Consequently, the book argues that state-sponsored terrorism and proxy wars—not terrorist acts by “non-state actors”—will pose the biggest security threat to the world.
This study does not suggest that the world has already reached the cul-de-sac of its destiny with no point of return. Both America and the Muslim World can play important roles to avert the catastrophe. Meanwhile, the gap between the needy and the rich and powerful is widening. Throughout history, sections of the rich and powerful have manipulated wars in the name of peace and justice, religion and freedom. So the big question now is: Can we avert another disaster where America and its allies proclaim it’s fighting a “War on Terror and Extremism” while their Muslim adversaries assert are defending their honor and religion?
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