[lit-ideas] Militant Ideology Atlas

  • From: "Lawrence Helm" <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2006 09:24:33 -0800

A lurker sent me the "Militant Ideology Atlas,"
http://www.ctc.usma.edu/atlas/Atlas-ExecutiveReport.pdf .  I've read it
twice and it holds up very well.  One of the reasons it is useful in that it
attempts to get hold, in a manner of speaking, of all the influential
writers, both ancient and modern influencing Islamic Militantism.   Sayyid
Qutb is prominently mentioned, but more recent writers are mentioned as
well.  By looking at them collectively the authors have been able to
systematize their major teachings.


The authors also attempt to define the terms in a useful way.  For example,
only the Jihadists advocate violence but the majority of Salafis agree with
the Jihadist goals.  The authors write that "if by 'moderate' one means an
acceptance of secularism, capitalism, democracy, gender equality, and a
commitment to religious pluralism, then Salafis would be extremists on all
counts.  Then again, there are not many Muslim religious leaders in the
Middle East that would qualify as moderates according to the second


They advocate some means for combating Islamic Militant ideology
politically.  For example they suggest that the best the international
community can do at the present time is to put pressure on Salafist leaders
to delegitimize the Jihadists. (Page 11) 


I don't know who the authors are, but if one can believe them, they have
approached the problem scientifically and have attempted to draw conclusions
based on the evidence.  If their research is legitimate, their conclusions
could be useful in combating politically the violent element in Islamic


Well done, lurker!



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