October 15, 2008, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C. Headquarters
recently held a book discussion of
The Mind of Jihad By Laurent Murawiec
Wednesday, October 15
12:00 – 2:00 PM
Fradkin, Murawiec, Peters, and Lieber
Murawiec characterizes their belief structure as similar to that of Europe's medieval millenarians and apocalyptics, arguing that both jihadis and their European cousins shared a Gnostic ideology: a God-given mission endowed the elect with supernatural powers and placed them above the common law of mankind. Although the ideology of jihad is essentially Islamic, Murawiec traces the political technologies used by modern jihad to the Bolsheviks. Their doctrines of terror as a system of rule were appropriated by radical Islam through multiple lines of communication. The Mind of Jihad brings history, anthropology, and theology to bear to understand the mind of jihad that has declared war on the West and the world.
Ralph Peters, a retired U.S. Army Lieutenent Colonel and essayist, and Robert Lieber, a Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University, provided commentary. Hudson Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Islam, Democracy, and the Future of the Muslim World, Hillel Fradkin moderated the event
Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center
1015 15th Street, NW, Sixth Floor
Washington, DC 20005
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