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Militant Islam: Conversation with Daniel Pipes, Director, Middle East Forum, 2/10/04 by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Daniel Pipes, who is director of the Middle East Forum, a member of the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace, and a prizewinning columnist for the New York Sun and the Jerusalem Post. The author of fourteen books, his most recent ones are Miniatures: Views of Islamic and Middle Eastern Politics and Militant Islam Reaches America.

  1. Background ... immigrant parents ... father in academia and policymaking ... mathematics ... studying Islam ... misunderstandings
  2. The Public Arena ... Middle East Forum ... unique role of think tanks ... effect of web in disseminating information ... Campus Watch ... failure of academic Mideastern studies ... anti-Americanism ... failure to tackle hard questions ... everyone's freedom to criticize
  3. Militant Islam ... third form of totalitarianism ... the real enemy ... the privileged ... failure to navigate modernity ... the battle within Islam ... differing orientations of Islamic states
  4. The Post-9/11 World ... view to terrorism moves from criminality to war ... war should focus on militant Islam ... power of ideas ... states sponsoring terrorism ... role of Israel
  5. Conclusion ... advice to students

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