What Influences Muslimsí Support for the U.S.-Led War on Terror?
That was the key question mass communication scholar Michael Elasmar sought to answer when he analyzed data on citizens in seven countries with substantial Muslim populations, including Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Indonesia, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Senegal.
Using a theory-driven quantitative structural model, Elasmar found that Muslimsí support for the U.S.-led war on terror is higher among Muslims who have more positive attitudes toward the United States, who believe the United States is not ignoring the interests of their countries and who consume more U.S. entertainment media. Through Their Eyes is one of the most significant studies to emerge from the research since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and no doubt will have public policy makers, diplomats, citizens, scholars and students pondering the results for years to come.
Michael G. Elasmar (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is director of the Communication Research Center at Boston University, a position he has held since 1994. He is also associate professor of communication research at Boston University and the founding editor of the American Journal of Media Psychology.
There is an ideological, religious, political, and military struggle going on throughout the Islamic communities and nations around the world. Often miscast in simple (and simple-minded) us-vs.-them sloganeering by politicians and pundits, it is actually very complex and among its effects is the present American "War on Terror" response to the Al Qaeda attack of September 11, 2001. Through Their Eyes by Michael G. Elasmar ... provides scholars and non-specialist general readers with a seminal, scholarly, theory-driven, quantitative structural model ... (of) the underlying causes of Muslim support for the efforts of America and its allies to combat Islamic Jihad-style terrorism both within the Islamic communities and against the Western nations. This 526-page, critically important study deserves the widest possible readership among scholars, policy makers, journalists, and those with an interest and a stake in the outcome of this global tragedy that has spread out from Islamic countires to challenge, affect and savage the entire world community. -- The Midwest Book Review (April 2008)
536 pp. / 5.25 x 8.25 format / Illustrated (100+ Tables and Illustrations) / 2007, 2008 Copyright / References and Index / ISBN: 978-0-922993-54-3 (paper) $69.95