Journey into the Mind of an Islamic Terrorist

"Journey into the Mind of an Islamic Terrorist" is a 2006 book (Front Line, 216p, ISBN 1591857139) by the self-described apostate, Mark A. Gabriel, a former professor of Islamic history and lecturer at Al-Azhar University in Cairo who said he was fired, arrested and tortured after questioning Islamic practices; he eventually converted to Christianity, although the details of his biography are disputed.


The back cover [ [ Back-cover description of contents] ] of the book describes:

"Dr. Mark Gabriel makes a major breakthrough by identifying the five pillars of radical philosophy—the bedrock beliefs that cut through all radical writings. Dr. Gabriel uses the writings of Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri,and others to show how terrorists justify their actions through the Quran, the life of Muhammad, and Islamic history. Finally, Dr. Gabriel describes how earlier terrorist groups were stopped and shows how the world can work together to stop the terrorists of today. Ignorance is no ally in the struggle against Islamic terrorism. Go beyond what is happening and find out why it is happening."


Jim Westgate of MBBiblical Seminary praised the book:

"Dr. Gabriel’s vast knowledge of the history and philosophy of Islam equips him to provide a historical overview of the major radical and fundamentalist movements in Islam. He provides insights that will help you understand the front-page headlines concerning Hezbollah, Hamas and Al-Qaeda’s strategies in terrorism. In the final chapters, he advocates peace and dialogue." [ [ Recommended Reading] , "Spring/Summer 2007, In Touch Magazine"]

Sharyl N. Cross, writing in the military science journal "Connections" (published by the ETH Zurich), called the book:

" excellent summary of the contributions of the influence of (Jihadist) writings in the development of Islamist radicalism". [ [] Sharyl Cross, "U.S./NATO-Russia and Countering Ideological Support for Terrorism: Toward Building a Comprehensive Strategy"] , "v5.4 Winter Supplement 2006, Connections: The Quarterly Journal]

Mirza Asmer Beg of the Islamic online periodical Future Islam criticized the book as "a work intended at spreading hatred against Islam", and questioned the author's identity and academic bona-fides:

"He conceals his erstwhile Muslim identity on the flimsy pretext that his family members would be at the receiving end of the ire of radicals in Egypt. Even if one accepts this, one fails to understand the reasons behind the concealment of his present identity, his present assignment and position. What basis has he to fear the Americans or the West, when he dedicates this book to George (W.) Bush, Tony Blair, the coalition forces in Iraq, the CIA and FBI." [ [ Review] , "Jan 1, 2007, Future Islam"]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Islamic terrorism — Terrorism Definitions · Counter terrorism International conventions Anti terrorism legislation Terrorism insurance …   Wikipedia

  • List of The Chaser's War on Everything episodes — Contents 1 Series 1 (2006) 2 Series 2 (2007) 3 Series 3 (2009) 4 See also The following is a list of episodes of the Australian satirical televisio …   Wikipedia

  • Rumours and conspiracy theories about the July 2005 London bombings — As is common following major terrorist attacks and other catastrophes, there were many questions, rumours and theories about the July 2005 London bombings, principally on the internet.Conspiracy theoriesWithholding evidenceAmongst complaints that …   Wikipedia

  • Religious debates over the Harry Potter series — A page from The Nervous Witch , a tract written by fundamentalist Jack Chick, depicting the purportedly occult dangers of the Harry Potter series. Religious debates over the Harry Potter series of books by J. K. Rowling stem largely from… …   Wikipedia

  • Mark A. Gabriel — Part of a series on Criticism of Islam Issues Antisemitism  …   Wikipedia

  • Mark A. Gabriel — est né le 30 décembre 1957 en Égypte. Il écrit des livres sur l islam depuis les États Unis, où il a le statut de refugié religieux (religious asylum). Sommaire 1 Biographie 2 Mission 3 Cursus universitaire[1] …   Wikipédia en Français

  • literature — /lit euhr euh cheuhr, choor , li treuh /, n. 1. writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays. 2.… …   Universalium

  • education — /ej oo kay sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life. 2. the act or process of… …   Universalium

  • Bibliography — INTRODUCTION The number of books dedicated to the late Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and its successor state, the Russian Federation, is virtually incalculable. This surfeit is due to a number of factors: Russia’s geographic size and …   Historical Dictionary of the Russian Federation

  • 2008 Mumbai attacks — 26/11 redirects here. For the date, see 26 November. 2008 Mumbai attacks …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.