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Table Of Contents

EVOLUTION OF ISLAM
Historical roots
Periodic reinforcement and revival
Religion is formalized
RISE AND SPREAD OF ISLAM
Where and how the religion spread
750-950: Golden Age ofIslam
ISLAM’S CONTRIBUTION AND IMPACT
Dignity
Islamic civilization
Global influence
Nurturer ofknowledge during the Dark Ages
Areas ofexcellence and contribution
DECLINE OF MUSLIM DYNASTIES AND EMPIRES
How the decline occurred
End ofthe Abbassid dynasty
Fatimid dynasty
Seljuk Turks
Mongols
Fall ofSpain in 1492
Areas ofconcentration
Ethnic diversity
Cultural diversity
Political diversity
Myth ofunity and brotherhood
Common misconception about Arabs and Muslims
ISLAM IN AMERICA
History ofIslam in America
HISTORICAL EVENTS
Introduction
Decline ofIslamic civilization after its Golden Age
Crusades
Failed Turkish siege ofVienna
Revival and reform movements
End ofthe colonial era
Saudi Arabia comes under the Saud family rule
EVENTS AFTER 1947
Partition ofIndia
Kashmir
Palestine
Overthrow ofMossadegh in Iran
Arab defeats in four wars
1973 oil embargo
Soviet Union’s defeat in Afghanistan
Breakup ofthe Soviet Union
GulfWar
Bosnia massacres
Beirut,Somalia,and South Lebanon
Financial crises
Bank ofCredit and Commerce
ROLE PLAYED BY AMERICA AND WESTERN POWERS
Support for Israel
Soft attitude towards Israeli leadership
Support for despots and dictators
Judging by,and imposing,foreign values
Insensitivity to Muslim feelings
Hatred for the American way oflife
Media bias
Friendship ofconvenience
Double standards
Post-GulfWar Iraq policy
Not differentiating between terrorism and freedom struggles
Divide and rule
Islamic bomb
Refusing to accept responsibility
Advocating return to the seventh century
Feeling victimized
Passive hatred
Impact on Muslims
ANALYZING MUSLIM COMPLAINTS AGAINST AMERICA
American support for Israel is one-sided
Jewish influence in the Senate is too strong
Palestine issue incorrectly projected as religious struggle
America is anti-Islam and anti-Muslim
Mujahideen were used and abandoned
Policy implemented by inexperienced politicians
Uninformed Americans
Slow response to Bosnian crisis
Guilty by association
British influence and bias
ANALYZING MUSLIM ISSUES AND FAILURES
Lack ofeducation is widespread
Priorities are wrong
Religious extremists in control
Religion used as a cover to achieve ends
Palestine incorrectly portrayed as a religious struggle
Kuwait crisis was initiated by Iraq,not America
Bhutto was responsible for his own downfall
Saudi non-oil exports have started creating major problems
Poor communications and use ofmedia
Muslims lack role models
Majority is silent
Leadership has failed consistently
Jehad hijacked
POLITICAL LEADERSHIP
Organization ofIslamic Conference
Arabs
Iran
Pakistan
Indonesia
Revolutionary: Algeria and Afghanistan
RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP
Saudi Arabia
World
America
VIOLENCE,COMPULSION,AND WAR
Does Islam preach violence
Is Islam tolerant
Perception ofIslamic intolerance: a disconnect
Why Muslim tolerance has declined
When Islam permits war
JEHAD
Concept and purpose ofjehad
Misconception about jehad
When war or armed action can be justified as jehad
Unholy wars
TERRORISM
Islamic view ofterrorism
Suicide bombing and martyrdom
Is Islam responsible for terrorism carried out in its name
FUNDAMENTALISM
What is fundamentalism
What Islamic fundamentalism represents
Who and where are the Muslim fundamentalists
What has swelled the ranks offundamentalists
WHAT WORLD MUSLIMS NEED TO DO
Address root causes ofproblems
Prioritize correctly
Recognize Israel
Stress educational,scientific,and technological development
Achieve economic independence
Introduce social reform
Strive for unity
Shift from negative to positive objectives
Become more responsible
Learn to help themselves
Become politically active
Pick good leaders and make them accountable
Silent majority should become vocal
Communicate with non-Muslims
WHAT AMERICA AND THE WEST NEED TO DO
Be a fair peace broker and guarantee Israel’s security
Be informed and sensitive
Plan for the long-term
Match actions to words
Be unbiased and fair
Engage Muslims
Build on common values
Assume world leadership
Leave baggage behind
Focus on the bigger picture
Put own house in order
Avoid double standards
Lead by example and marginalize extremists
Be involved in the political process
Master communication techniques
Stress common values
Develop mirror image ofsociety professionals
Appreciate what America has provided
Reach out for a better future
INDEX
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Understanding Muslim-West Alienation:

Understanding Muslim-West Alienation:

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Do Muslims promote terrorism?
Are all Muslims eager to participate in a holy war?
Are Muslim distrust and, in some cases, hatred of America justified?
Are the West and Islam doomed to continue their enmity?

The conflict between Muslims and the West, particularly America, did not begin with the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It has been brewing for centuries and is the result of many factors-economic, social, religious, military, national, and personal.

Understanding Muslim-West Alienation: Building a Better Future summarizes a complex issue in easy-to-read sections. Having lived in both the Middle East and America, Arshad Khan shares a unique perspective on basic misunderstandings between Muslims and America. He spreads blame equally and recommends specific actions each side must take to resolve this long-standing conflict.

Every organization has had members whose actions tarnished the reputation and image of the group and reflected poorly on other innocent members. Khan believes that the extremists who perpetrated the 9-11 attacks have "hijacked Islam." In Understanding Muslim-West Alienation: Building a Better Future, he overturns many stereotypes of Muslims that have developed over the years from the actions of adherents who have not followed true Islamic teachings.

Learn the truth about the world's fastest growing religion and how America as well as Muslims around the world can dissolve the hatred felt by many followers of Islam towards the world's superpower.

Do Muslims promote terrorism?
Are all Muslims eager to participate in a holy war?
Are Muslim distrust and, in some cases, hatred of America justified?
Are the West and Islam doomed to continue their enmity?

The conflict between Muslims and the West, particularly America, did not begin with the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It has been brewing for centuries and is the result of many factors-economic, social, religious, military, national, and personal.

Understanding Muslim-West Alienation: Building a Better Future summarizes a complex issue in easy-to-read sections. Having lived in both the Middle East and America, Arshad Khan shares a unique perspective on basic misunderstandings between Muslims and America. He spreads blame equally and recommends specific actions each side must take to resolve this long-standing conflict.

Every organization has had members whose actions tarnished the reputation and image of the group and reflected poorly on other innocent members. Khan believes that the extremists who perpetrated the 9-11 attacks have "hijacked Islam." In Understanding Muslim-West Alienation: Building a Better Future, he overturns many stereotypes of Muslims that have developed over the years from the actions of adherents who have not followed true Islamic teachings.

Learn the truth about the world's fastest growing religion and how America as well as Muslims around the world can dissolve the hatred felt by many followers of Islam towards the world's superpower.

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