The Rumbling Volcano

On Friday, February 26, 1993, an explosion rocked the foundation of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Egyptian Islamic Fundamentalism was suspected by the FBI. On 9/11 the World Trade Center was attacked again. What are the roots of Islamic Fundamentalism? What do we know about the history of the Muslim Brotherhood? Who is Sayid Qutb and what is his connection to the United States?

Based on his dissertation, Dr. Jabbour has written this book on Islamic Fundamentalism in Egypt. Eighty percent of his references were from Muslim sources in Arabic. While studying for his doctorate, Dr. Jabbour lived in Cairo, Egypt, known as the intellectual capital of Islam. Furthermore, other than Khomeini (Iran), Mawdoudi (Pakistan), and Abdul Wahab (Saudi Arabia), most of the Islamic Fundamentalist pillars in the twentieth century were Egyptians. Osama Bin Laden was trained and recruited to Fundamentalism by Egyptians and Palestinians who had their roots in the "Muslim Brotherhood" of Egypt. Ayman Zawahiri, who succeeded Bin Laden as the leader of al Qa'eda, is an Egyptian physician. This book is required reading by all students of Dr. Jabbour at the seminaries where he teaches. (The book cover shows the overflow of mosques on Fridays. The mosques are packed with worshippers so the streets around the mosques are emptied from cars and mats are placed in those streets so that men can use that space to pray. It looks like they did not find the owner of the VW).

One of the endorsements stated:
A remarkable study of the ancient roots and the present realities of Islamic Fundamentalism, especially as it is being expressed in Egypt and the Arab world. The author objectively and compassionately attempts to understand Islamic Fundamentalism from the inside and examines what it is like to stand in the shoes of influential leaders such as Khomeini, Hasan al Banna, and Sayid Qutb.

Another endorsement stated:
I have read Dr. Jabbour's manuscript with great interest and enthusiasm. This is one of the very few manuscripts written by someone who is as close to being 'an insider' as is possible without actually being a Muslim. What is even more amazing is that this is the first text I have ever read where Islamic Fundamentalism is objectively and compassionately examined (and not attacked) with 'disciplined wonder' described by Dr. Jabbour himself.  

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