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.
While Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia and Egypt remain faltering democracies, no nation’s declension is more alarming than Turkey’s – a key Western ally that has enjoyed stability for more than five decades. In 2013, Turkey’s internal struggles made international headlines when hundreds of thousands of citizens gathered in the nation’s largest cities to protest against Erdoğan’s impingements on everything from freedom of the press to freedom of assembly. But the crackdown was not confined to the political realm.
ALPF welcomes international relations and ideological expert Joseph Butta as a senior fellow. Mr. Joseph “Joe” Butta began his service with the United States Government in 1986 as an investigator for the Department of Defense. After five years, Joe entered a government internship that focused on issues in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Balkans. Mr. Butta graduated from this program as an Intelligence Analyst in 1995. In addition to becoming a Middle East North Africa Desk Officer, Joe spent approximately five years with NATO’s Southern Command as an Analyst and Liaison Officer in support of allied operations in the Balkans.