12 January 2010

Book: The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracy

In 2007, Palgrave Macmillan published Walid Phares' "The War of Ideas: Jihadism against Democracy". The book includes chapters such as "The Antidemocracy Axis", "The Assault on Pluralism", and "Democracy's Pillars under Attack":


Publisher's description: "From Afghanistan and Iraq to Europe and the U.S., we are engaged in one of the most heated wars of all time. In this incisive book, terrorism expert Walid Phares shows that the most important battle of all is taking place in the hearts and minds of people across the world. This is the War of Ideas, where ideology is the most powerful weapon. Phares looks at the two opposing camps, one standing for democracy and human rights, the other rejecting the global community and calling for jihad against the West. He reveals the strategies of both sides, explaining how new technology and the jihadists' media savvy have raised the stakes in the conflict. And most urgently, he warns that [the West is] in danger of losing the war, for while debate and theorizing rarely lead to action, ideas and deeds are inextricably linked for the forces of jihad."

Review: "His ability to see through the strategies and moves of the Jihadists in their quest to crumble democracies is unparalleled. This book will change your way of seeing the war on terror." (Dr Jacob Keryakes, NBC Senior Arabic Linguist)

Walid Phares is a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Future Terrorism Project at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, DC, and a Visiting Fellow at the European Foundation for Democracy in Brussels. He teaches Global Strategies at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.

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