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Introduction
The American debate regarding the policy needed to combat the dangers posed by immigration from nations who are currently hotbeds of Islamic radicalization is presently being vociferously fought.  This debate recently culminated with an Executive Order by President Trump that suspended travel from seven such nations to improve vetting measures.  Six of the nations included in the Order are amongst…
Reinhold Niebuhr

And in this war, we’re countering the terrorist’s dark and hateful ideology by offering a more hopeful vision – and that’s one based on freedom…. We’re engaged in the great ideological struggle of our time – between the forces of freedom and the forces of tyranny.
-President George W. Bush, August 20, 2008, addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention
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Terrorism

Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education. Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016.
 
Several years ago in Bucharest I had the opportunity to tour the Museum of the History of the Rumanian Communist Party and of the Movement for Social Democracy in Romania.  I was puzzled with the discovery that, according to the…
Boston Bomber

A great deal will be said and written about the bombs set off this month at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the terrible casualties that resulted, and the personalities of the young men who planted the bombs. It seems to us that the following brief remarks by Eric Voegelin come close to expressing the spiritual roots of this…
Terrorism

Before returning to the question of Islamic history, there is one final issue about which it is important to be clear. There is a magical com­ponent to metastatic faith. More bluntly, demanding that God perform a miracle or alter the structure of reality does not work. The metastatic faith of the prophets cannot be fulfilled by any pragmatic organization, an…
Terrorism

There are major differences between the way that the political impli­cations of Islam have been worked out historically and the political order of liberal, constitutional democracy. It is as important not to ignore those differences as it is to begin from the self-evident consideration that, although Islam broadly considered does not provide a threat to Western liberal democracy, militant jihadist…
Islam Mutazalites

The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis. Robert R. Reilly. Wilmington, DE: Intercollegiate Studies Institute Books, 2010.

 
In 2002 Bernard Lewis published a remarkable book, What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response. In his new book, Robert Reilly doesn't ask what went wrong or even how did it happen? What he…
Barry Cooper Voegelin Foundations Political Science

New Political Religions, or an Analysis of Modern Terrorism. Barry Cooper. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2004.
 
Barry Cooper's New Political Religions, or an Analysis of Modern Terrorism. The title puts the reader in mind of Eric Voegelin's Political Religions, which originally appeared in 1938 and dealt with the murderous mass political movements of that era. In this work, Dr.…