Radicalization and violent extremism are topics of concern that have become much more pronounced in recent years (Sedgwick, 2010), and radicalization can be defined as the development of extremist ideologies and beliefs (Borum, 2011). Many factors influence individuals to turn from nonviolent to violent ideologies, including propaganda on the Internet (Maher, 2007), social networks and communications with other extremists (Sageman, 2004), political leaders and authority figures (Moghaddam, 2005), and intergroup conflict (McCauley & Moskalenko, 2011). Any of these factors individually, or a combination thereof, may contribute as catalysts for heightened radicalization (Bubolz & Simi, 2015).
The purpose of this work is to provide factual, unbiased information from Islamic sources concerning the essence and true nature of Islam. Most Americans have neither the time nor desire to read and understand the Qur’an in a chronology within its historical context or strive to discern the significance of Muhammad’s tradition through the Sira, Hadith and Tarikh. Rather, many, including those in government, find it far more expedient to draw their conclusions concerning Islam from the Executive Branch, news commentators or Muslim pundits. The prevailing popular commentaries include: neither ISIS or Al Qaida are Islamic; Muslims who we designate as moderate have no designs for a world dominated by Islam; all Muslims are violent and the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates have infiltrated American institutions with the intention of undermining the fabric of America.
Adapted from commentary published by USAFE. Today, a large number of Americans travel the world annually, but less than an estimated one percent of the citizenry actually live abroad. The ability to reside, work, and travel in an international climate provides each of us a rare and challenging opportunity to improve our Cultural Intelligence Quotient […]