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On September 11 2001 Osama bin Laden de- clared global jihad on the West. In response to the days attacks the United States has waged its own global war on terrorism which the Pentagon has described as a generational conict similar to the Cold War. In The Islamic Challenge and the United States Ehsan Ahrari takes a close look at this ideological conict focusing on the Middle East Africa and South and Central Asia. Arguing that the war on terrorism is founded on secular funda- mentalism an ideology that envisions Islam as dangerous and volatile because it mixes religion and politics and the Enlightenment narrative Ahrari suggests that the US sees global jihadists as absolutist irrational obscurantist and anti- modern. While violence on behalf of the Muslim community ummah is thus framed as repre- hensible violence on behalf of the Western nation-state is seen as sometimes necessary and often praiseworthy. Unsettlingly this framework does not encourage careful scrutiny of the USs historical dealings with the Muslim world. The belief that religion causes violence Ahrari argues may blind the West to its own forms of fanaticism. A timely analysis of one of the most contested issues of our times The Islamic Challenge and the United States is a must-read for global security practitioners policymakers and general readers. Ehsan M. Ahrari is a former professor at the US Air War College the National Defense University and the Asia-Pacic Center for Security Studies. 2 2 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 6 S E C U R I T Y S T U D I E S P O L I T I C A L S C I E N C E The Islamic Challenge and the United States Global Security in an Age of Uncertainty ehsan m. ahrari Examining the sources and prospects of the dominant conict of our era the confrontation between Islam and the United States. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S February 2017 978-0-7735-4816-9 37.95T CDN 34.95T US 26.99 cloth 6 x 9 384pp Ebook available