Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Raymond Ibrahim: Studying the Islamic Way of War

To read this article by foremost Islam and Middle East specialist Raymond Ibrahim in the historically influential National Review, founded by American intellectual William F. Buckley Jr. in 1955, kindly click on the link below:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/225611/studying-islamic-way-war-raymond-ibrahim

Studying the Islamic Way of War

by RAYMOND IBRAHIM September 11, 2008 4:00 AM 
To know an enemy, one must first acknowledge his existence.

From the article:

At the inaugural conference for the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) back in April, presenter LTC Joseph Myers made an interesting point that deserves further elaboration. Though military studies have traditionally valued and absorbed the texts of classical war doctrine — such as Clausewitz’s On War, Sun Tsu’s The Art of War, even the exploits of Alexander the Great as recorded in Arrian and Plutarch — Islamic war doctrine, which is just as if not more textually grounded, is totally ignored. 

As recently as 2006, former top Pentagon official William Gawthrop lamented that “the senior Service colleges of the Department of Defense had not incorporated into their curriculum a systematic study of Muhammad as a military or political leader. As a consequence, we still do not have an in-depth understanding of the war-fighting doctrine laid down by Muhammad, how it might be applied today by an increasing number of Islamic groups, or how it might be countered [emphasis added].” Today, seven full years after September 11, our understanding of the Islamic way of war is little better.