By Emile Nakhleh

In an important Engagement, the CIA's former element guy on Islam makes a energetic 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 e-book injects much-needed knowledge into the general public dialogue of long term U.S.-Muslim family members. Intelligence insider Emile Nakhleh argues that an engagement with the Muslim global advantages the nationwide curiosity of the U.S.. hence, the following management should still discard the terrorism prism in which the rustic has considered political Islam considering 11th of September and concentration as an alternative at the universal pursuits of the United States 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 team of workers and assets. whereas the luck of those efforts can be incremental and difficult to degree, Nakhleh believes that the present low status of the us in so much Arab and Muslim international locations could 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 USA and the Islamic global.

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Middle East analysts generally agree that Iran is not interested 30 CHAPTER 1 in fomenting sectarian violence in the region because an unstable Middle East would not serve Iran’s strategic interests. The military support that certain elements within the Iranian regime have been providing the insurgency in Iraq aims at forcing the United States to terminate its occupation because America’s massive military presence in Iraq and throughout the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea is not comforting to the leaders in Tehran.

The “parties of God” have at long last decided to set aside their commitment to “divine rule” (hukm) and play in the sandbox of the “democracy of man”—a strategic shift that mainstream Muslims have strongly endorsed and radical Muslims violently rejected. Arab and Muslim regimes have yet to comprehend this shift, embrace it, and exploit it in the furtherance of genuine political reform and democratization in the region. S. S. intelligence community became aware of the emerging trends of political activism and the Islamization of Middle Eastern 34 CHAPTER 1 politics almost two decades ago and frequently briefed these trends to senior policymakers.

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. 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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