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Thursday, January 05, 2006
 
AN AMERICAN MILITARY VIEW OF ISLAMISM

"Islam, Islamism and Terrorism" by Colonel Norvelle B. De Atkine

The author is a retired ME area specialist for the U.S. Army. I would quibble with many of his characterizations - organizational techniques are not " doctrine" for example - but he is correct that Islamism is not monolithic; it differs from conservative, traditionalist, " fundamentalist" Islamic thought; the violent advocates of jihad have maximalist, takfiri-totalitarian aspirations and are highly selective in their reification of Quranic passages to suit political or tactical purposes.

Hat tip to Jedburgh of The Small Wars Council
 
Comments:
Interesting article. Annoying layout but interesting. I shall try to comment on it.
 
I didn't care for the layout either. PDF files are problematic enough for my work computer ( compensated though by the high speed color laser printer which alllows me to print out small books in a couple of minutes) and the back and forth to screen read it was irritating.

The Jedburgh guy however, digs up a fair number of good articles on a regular basis from the mil journals. Very useful.
 
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