Book Review: The Third Jihad

The Third Jihad:  Overcoming Radical Islam’s Plan For The West, by Michael Youssef

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Tyndale Blog Tours.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

From time to time I read books relating to Islam and its existential thread to Western civilization [1].  Having traveled to the Middle East (so far Turkey, Jordan, and Israel) and having been broadly familiar with quite a few Muslims within the West, I find that Islam has a position that is deeply troublesome and that it is pretty easy for people to write books like this one that are full of both concern and alarm.  And given the author’s background as a Coptic Egyptian, there is certainly a great deal of alarm that comes with the territory.  Perspective matters a great deal, and the vulnerability of the author and of his family and of his fellow Christians in the Middle East certainly colors what he has to say about the horrors of a place where Sharia law is dominant and where believers in Jesus Christ are given at best the subject of dhimmi, something that no one outside of Salafist Muslims actually deserves to be.

The author begins this short volume with a dystopian look at a future Islamic States of America (1), because this sort of book needs to begin with a nightmarish scenario that no reader should want to occur.  After that the author looks at the historical perspective of America’s long fight with radical Islam and its oppression, beginning with the barbary pirates (2), and then moves to the period before 9/11 when we were unaware that we had been targeted by radical Islam (3).  The author examines the first jihad of the beginning of the Muslim caliphates (4), the disastrous response of the Crusades (5), disastrous because they were ultimately unsuccessful, as well as the second jihad of the Ottomans (6).  The author states that the third jihad has begun (7) and comments on how this looks in contemporary Europe (8), with the firm belief that what is happening in Europe could easily happen within the United States (9).  The author examines the tactical alliance between radical Islam and cowardly secularists (10), points out some keys to survival for believers (11), and reminds the reader not to be afraid (12) of what will happen.  With some additional discussion questions for the reader to prompt thought and reflection as well as biographical detail about the author and some notes, the book is just a bit over 200 pages.

There are a lot of things to appreciate about the book.  For one, the author’s perspective is one that clearly encourages, if not induces, the author to show some interest in understanding Islam and its behavior.  Given the extreme suffering faced over the past few generations (to say nothing of the past 1400 years) for Christians in the Middle East, the spread of such horrors to North America and Europe is not something that anyone should relish, especially when one considers the tactical alliance being made between Muslim and secularist enemies of the Christian faith and Judeo-Christian culture in general.  The author manages to strike a moderate tone between historical analysis, keen awareness of current trends, as well as a high view of divine providence as well as human agency.  The result is a book that is somewhat scary but also compelling and encouraging at the same time.  This is not an easy balance to maintain, and the fact that the author is able to do so is likely due to his own lengthy experience in dealing with Islam and the Middle East, including the dangerous and important efforts at evangelism there.

[1] See, for example:

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