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

By Emile Nakhleh

In an important Engagement, the CIA's former aspect guy on Islam makes a lively case for a renewal of yank public international relations within the Muslim international. supplying a special 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 U.S.. consequently, the following management should still discard the terrorism prism during which the rustic has seen political Islam considering that Sept. 11 and concentration in its place at the universal pursuits of the USA and mainstream Muslims. Nakhleh investigates contemporary U.S. coverage towards Islamic countries and provides the recent management a ten-point plan for rebuilding America's courting with the Muslim global. the writer demonstrates that successful over Arabs and Muslims calls for a radical wisdom of Arab and Muslim cultures and languages inside of our intelligence neighborhood, in addition to a long term American dedication of group 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 U.S. in so much Arab and Muslim international locations might be reversed. Stressing that powerful 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 USA and the Islamic global.

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Second, the individual begins to spread his Islamic commitment to the family and the immediate group to which he belongs. Third, Islamization expands to the larger society. In these three stages, where most Muslims find themselves, Islam is perceived as a moral compass in the daily lives of the individual, the family, and the community. An Islamized family usually becomes more observant of the tenets of Islam (the profession of faith, fasting, prayers, almsgiving, and hajj) and begins to dress more conservatively and traditionally and pay more attention to Islamic education for the children.

Radicals, whether in Indonesia or Uzbekistan, agreed on a few key points: many Muslim rulers and regimes engage in an un-Islamic behavior; Muslims are obliged to fight and overthrow such regimes and their Muslim supporters; jihad against unbelievers—Muslims and nonMuslims—is a religious duty that must be pursued by all means, including violence; opposition to perceived illegitimate Muslim governments often extends to the official clergy and state-supported mosques; and, while this jihad is country-specific, it is part and parcel of a global jihad against all enemies of Islam, near and far.

The ongoing sectarian debate within Islam, especially among Muslim intellectuals from both sects, has revolved around the following key questions: Will Sunni-Shia sectarian violence spread to Iraq’s neighboring states and how will Sunni Arab and non-Arab states—for example, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and Pakistan—respond to potential sectarian violence and fitna in their societies as a result of growing Shia political assertiveness? What role will Sunni and Shia thinkers play in toning down sectarian vitriol and push for sectarian rapprochement over the next five years?

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