My New Book: The Religious Right and the Talibanization of America

TalibanizationI just wanted to take a few moments to share the news about my forthcoming book, The Religious Right and the Talibanization of America (Palgrave, 2016).

This is a really short monograph written both for academic and popular audiences. I thought of writing the this book when, a few years ago, as I started noticing certain similarities between the rhetorics employed by the Taliban and the ultra-Christians in the United States. This line of inquiry encouraged me to look into the ideological scaffoldings of both these groups and to see as to what kind of world would we be in if either of these two groups succeeds in implementing their vision. To my surprise, I learned that in either case the world that they would create would be similar in its exclusionary practices and in its destructive nature for all those not associated with the in-group.

The book is organized in three simple chapters: Chapter one discusses the Taliban; chapter two explains the Ultra-Christian and the libertarian right. In chapter three I discuss the kind of world both these groups would end up creating if they win the chance of implementing their vision.

I believe this book could be useful to students, scholars,a nd policymakers. So, if you like the general idea, please help me promote this book and share the news about the books with your friends and colleagues.

Back Cover Description of the book:

This highly original book suggests that the practices of Taliban and the American far right, two very significant and poorly understood groups, share common features. This commonality can be found in the philosophical basis of their ideological beliefs, in their comparative worldviews, and in their political practices.  As Raja argues, the Taliban are much less the product of an irrational fundamentalism, and the radical right in America is much more the result of such a mindset, than Americans recognize.  After providing a detailed explanation of his theoretical concepts and specialized vocabulary, the author develops a discussion of the subject in this brief but penetrating book.  This is a book that should attract a wide readership among both academics and the general public.

The books will be available to purchase on march 25th and can be preordered on Amazon.