Accession Number : ADA326520

Title :   Islamic Fundamentalism: What the Strategic Leader Needs to Know.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Terrill, Ray J.

PDF Url : ADA326520

Report Date : 16 MAR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 35

Abstract : This paper provides an overview for strategic leaders concerning the religion of Islam, fundamentalism, and varying views of this religion. The importance of understanding this religion for strategic leaders is clear: it is the essence of the very lives of one-fifth of the world's population and is a predominant influence in many world areas that involve the strategic interests of the United States. The purpose of this paper is to provide answers to the following five questions which should interest strategic leaders: (1) What is the history of Islam? (2) What are the beliefs of Islam and Islamic fundamentalism? (3) What is the reason for the staggering growth of Islamic fundamentalism? (4) Is Islam or Islamic fundamentalism a threat to world order? (5) Does the United States promote democracy when dealing with Islam? Finally, this paper presents conclusions and recommendations concerning U.S. policy and perceptions regarding Islam and Islamic fundamentalism.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY STRATEGY, *ISLAM, *CROSS CULTURE(SOCIOLOGY), FOREIGN POLICY, GROUP DYNAMICS, THREAT EVALUATION, HISTORY, TERRORISM, INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS, DEMOCRACY, CIVIL DISTURBANCES.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE