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Breeding Bin Ladens - America, Islam, and the future of Europe
Zachary Shore
Paperback / softback
Johns Hopkins University Press
UK Publication Date

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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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 University and served as a national security fellow at Harvard's Institute for Strategic Studies. He is the author of What Hitler Knew: The Battle for Information in Nazi Foreign Policy and Blunder: Why Smart People Make Bad Decisions.

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

Bloomsbury Review

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.

American Prospect - Aziz Hug

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

Library Journal

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

Financial Times - Gideon Rachman

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

Foreign Affairs - Stanley Hoffmann

[Shore] proposes to alert American policymakers, business people and simply interested citizens to the challenge of paying attention to Islamic culture . . . And who's to say he isn't right.

Herald-Dispatch - John Patrick Grace

This is must read for anyone who wants to know more about the complex world of Europe's Muslims.


Shore's thoughtful and measured analysis stands out in a genre awash in oversimplification, misinformation, and polemics.

H-Amstdy, H-Net Reviews - Elizabeth A. Barre

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Muslims - Europe.|Islam - Europe.|Europe - Ethnic relations.
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