History Lesson: The Rise of Totalitarian Islam, Part 1 of 4
Today, America faces an enemy that most of our political leaders fear to name. This enemy brought down the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11; it bombed Madrid and London; it has motivated much of the Iraqi insurgency. Our enemy is more than murderous, suicidal terrorists. It's Islamic totalitarianism, a lethal ideology calling for holy war against infidels.
In this course, Dr. Brook analyzes the origins and historical development of Islamic totalitarianism. He examines its foundation in Koranic teachings; its roots in the Muslim Brotherhood movement in Egypt dating back to 1928; its expansion throughout the Middle East with the aid of Saudi oil money; its political triumph in the Iranian Revolution; and its ultimate spread throughout the entire world, from Europe to the Far East. The course includes an extended discussion by Dr. Brook of the tenets of Islamic totalitarianism, the crucial factors that have made it possible (most notably, the intellectual weakness of the West) and the proper methods for defeating it.
This course was recorded at the 2006 Objectivist Summer Conference
in Boston, MA.
Jun 30, 2006
Objectivist Conference Presentations
Opening statement and disclaimer
aftermath of September 11, 2001 in America
rise of islamic terrorist attacks across the world; Sharia in the world
defining Islamic Totalitarianism
standard explanations to increasing Islamic totalitarianism
terms and organizations covered by Islamist ideology
Q: Is there such a thing as ‘moderate’ Islam?
Q: Are there Muslims that advocate against imposing Sharia?
History behind totalitarian Islam: Muslim Brotherhood
Al-Ghazali and the destruction of Reason in Islam
Egypt & Islam in early 20th century
19th century Muslim thinkers’ influence on Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt
intellectual ideas behind Muslim Brotherhood’s founding and activities in Egypt
rapid growth of the Muslim Brotherhood; core ideas of Islamic Law
Muslim Brotherhood on the expanse; rise of PLO and Hamas
Muslim Brotherhood, the Nazis, and the Communists in WWII
Increasing size, aggressiveness, and power of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt
Egyptian Revolution in 1952: Muslim Brotherhood ceases power under Nassar
death of Muslim Brotherhood and rise of Arab Nationalism in 1950’s
Q: what is the short-term goal of Islamists?
Q: what is the connection between Islamists and Plato?