Islamic Fundamentalism: The New Global Threat

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Islamic Fundamentalism: The New Global Threat

By Mohammad Mohaddessin
Seven Locks Press, 1993
224 pp. $18.95

The title alone will insure that some people will read this book, but they should know what they are getting between the covers. This is essentially a political tract by a member of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran. Its goal is to underscore the differences between the dogmatic, violence-prone Islamic fundamentalism of the Tehran regime and the tolerant, democratic face of Islam upheld by the Mujahedeen. Like many political tracts, this one makes some valid points. There are indeed different interpretations of Islam, and the rulers in Iran have adopted a particularly hard-line version. And no one can question the many misdeeds of the Iranian regime, including its support for terrorism. But none of this is very new, nor is it very nuanced in this account. The author's credibility also must be questioned when he glosses over such inconvenient points as the fact that the State Department has long considered the Mujahedeen to be a terrorist group. Finally, the author's own account shows that Iran is capable of posing a threat to the surrounding region, but not to the rest of the world. But then, a title underscoring that Islamic fundamentalism is first and foremost a problem for the regimes and peoples of the Middle East to deal with is not nearly as evocative as "New Global Threat." It would, however, be much more accurate.

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