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Breeding Bin Ladens

America, Islam, and the Future of Europe

Zachary Shore

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Outstanding Academic Title for 2007, Choice Magazine

While American leaders wage war on extremists in the Middle East, they are dangerously detached from a potentially greater threat closer to home. In Breeding Bin Ladens, Zachary Shore asserts that the growing ambivalence of Europe’s Muslims poses risks to national identities, international security, and the transatlantic alliance.

Europe’s failure to integrate its Muslim millions, combined with America’s battered image in the Muslim world, have left too many Western Muslims easy prey for violent dogmas. Until America and Europe adopt new...

Outstanding Academic Title for 2007, Choice Magazine

While American leaders wage war on extremists in the Middle East, they are dangerously detached from a potentially greater threat closer to home. In Breeding Bin Ladens, Zachary Shore asserts that the growing ambivalence of Europe’s Muslims poses risks to national identities, international security, and the transatlantic alliance.

Europe’s failure to integrate its Muslim millions, combined with America’s battered image in the Muslim world, have left too many Western Muslims easy prey for violent dogmas. Until America and Europe adopt new strategies, Shore argues, Europe will increasingly become the incubation ground for breeding new Bin Ladens.

The United States continues to spend billions of dollars and lose thousands of its young men and women to combat Islamic extremists, a group estimated to be as small as fifty thousand. What Western leaders have not done, says Shore, is seek to understand the millions of moderate Muslims who live peacefully in the United States and Europe. Many in this extraordinarily diverse group are deeply ambivalent toward perceived Western values. Although they may admire America's economic or technological might, many are appalled by its crass consumerism, sexualization of women, lack of social justice, and foreign policies.

Shore taps into this oft-ignored perspective through in-depth interviews with Muslims living across the European Union. He gives voice to people of deep faith who speak of the conflict between their desire to integrate into their adopted societies and the repulsion they feel toward some of what the West represents.

Shore offers a deeply nuanced and hopeful consideration of Islam's future in the West. Cautioning Western leaders against an anti-terrorist tunnel vision that could ultimately backfire, Shore proposes bold, creative, and controversial solutions for attracting the hearts and minds of moderate Muslims living in the West.

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Well-written overview of the state of Islam in Europe.

Shore captures much of the nuance and contradiction of a community being asked to integrate into national polities that exploit them economically, treat their faith as a second-class superstition, and fail to deal with persistent, widespread racism.

The narrative style of this timely work makes it a rewarding read.

The only one of the American authors to have taken the trouble to talk to a lot of European Muslims.

Shore's wise and thoughtful book addresses Europe's 'Muslim problems'... This eminently readable volume deserves to be widely known and seriously pondered.

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240
ISBN
9780801892912
Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Prolific Assassin
1. London Bridges
2. Islamic Awakenings
3. Two Faces, Two Futures
4. Headscarf, Headaches, Cartoon Chaos
5. Migration Migraines
6. Clash of the

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Prolific Assassin
1. London Bridges
2. Islamic Awakenings
3. Two Faces, Two Futures
4. Headscarf, Headaches, Cartoon Chaos
5. Migration Migraines
6. Clash of the Barbies
7. New Europe, Same Old Issues
8. The Future of Muslim Europe
Conclusion: Looking Back to Look Ahead
Epilogue: Attracting the Second Circle
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Zachary Shore, Ph.D.

Zachary Shore is an associate professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He has served on the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State through a fellowship from the Council on Foreign Relations. He earned his doctorate in modern European history from Oxford...