America's War on Terrorism Uses Democratization of the Arab World as a Main Weapon; What Might the Legacy of the George W. Bush Administration be in the Muslim World?

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America's War on Terrorism uses democratization of the Arab World as a main weapon. What might the legacy of the George W. Bush Administration be in the Muslim world?

America's War on Terrorism uses democratization of the Arab World as a main weapon. A new book, The Islamic Shield, argues that democratization of Arab countries is a fantasy because democratic elections today would lead to replacing the dictatorships of Arab rulers by Islamist theocratic dictatorships. The book contends that the Arab peoples are generally characterized by a culture of obedience to hierarchical authority in the home, school, mosque, the work place, and the country at large. The book identifies religious and cultural causes, as well as domestic and foreign political factors that set off Jihadists' terrorism. The book recommends solutions, stressing that political expediencies will not end terrorism.

The Islamic Shield examines why two different countries; Saudi Arabia, an Islamist monarchy; and Syria, a quasi-secular republic, share in common non-representative non-participatory dictatorships mired in cronyism and corruption. The examination concludes that genuine reforms are not likely soon. The two countries can be prototypes of other Arab countries.

The Islamic Shield considers: why do non-Arab Islamic countries elect women as prime ministers while Arab rulers and Ulama (Muslim clergy) condemn democracy as un-Islamic and treat women as lesser beings? Should benevolent dictatorship replace Arab democracy as an objective? Who shapes the Islamic persona? Is Islamic Law changeable? If yes, who may change it? How likely that an Arab Martin Luther, or Kemal Ataturk might emerge? What might be causing the growing attachment of Arabs today to radical Islam? Did politicizing Genesis 15:18 politicize the Quran? How sustainable is a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? What might the effect of a Shii crescent of influence be on stirring bloody conflicts between Shiis and Sunnis? What might the legacy of the George W. Bush Administration be in the Muslim world? What might be the outcome of the War on Terrorism?

The Islamic Shield: Arab Resistance to Democratic and Religious Reforms

By Elie Elhadj

Paperback: 249 pages

Publisher: Brown Walker Press (August 8, 2006)

Language: English

ISBN: 1599424118

About The Author

Elie Elhadj is a banker with 30 years of banking experience in New York, Philadelphia, London and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. For most of the 1990's, Elhadj was chief executive officer of a major Saudi bank. At age 54, he joined London University's School of Oriental and African Studies to attain his Master's Degree and Ph.D. His doctoral dissertation addressed issues of food self-sufficiency and water politics in the Middle East.

For more information, a review copy or author interview please contact Elie Elhadj at [email protected]

Recent Reviews

From reviewer Ikhwan Choe: “The author offers four possible strategies to counter Jihadist terrorism. These are: (1) taming religious orthodoxy; (2) removing the domestic spark through democratic governance and poverty alleviation; (3) removing the foreign spark by solving the Arab Israeli conflict; and (4) removing the foreign spark by ending the US occupation of Iraq.”

Reviewer Dennis Littrell considers The Islamic Shield to be "a great piece of work" and that its author "writes with a penetrating clarity that eschews most of the usual biases--both Middle Eastern and Western--about what is happening in the Middle East."

A third reviewer, E. A. Lovitt, wrote: "The Islamic Shield is brilliant," and that it "is an important, fascinating book."

You can view the first 25 pages of the book at


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