Understanding 9/11: Why Did al Qai’da Attack America?

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Understanding 9/11: Why Did al Qai’da Attack America?

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This course will explore the forces that led to the 9/11 attacks and the policies the United States adopted in response. We will examine the phenomenon of modern terrorism, the development of the al Qai'da ideology, and the process by which individuals radicalize towards violence.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 10 months ago
The events of 9/11 have had a major impact on today's world. This class explores the fundamentals of modern terrorism and counterterrorism in order to give a deeper context to help understand 9/11. (Part II will explore the response to 9/11, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, drone strikes, changes in law like the USA PATRIOT act and more.) It's a challenging subject, since it is still deeply emotional to many people around the world, and most of us simply don't have enough world perspective to understand things like religious extremist violence in context. The class attempts to address that by covering the details of 9/11, the difficulty of defining terrorism, the basic principles of Islam, the ideology of al-Qai'da, how people can be transformed from peaceful citizens to terrorists and how counterterrorism has changed as a result of 9/11. The lectures and student discussions are good, but the real stars are the reading mat... The events of 9/11 have had a major impact on today's world. This class explores the fundamentals of modern terrorism and counterterrorism in order to give a deeper context to help understand 9/11. (Part II will explore the response to 9/11, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, drone strikes, changes in law like the USA PATRIOT act and more.) It's a challenging subject, since it is still deeply emotional to many people around the world, and most of us simply don't have enough world perspective to understand things like religious extremist violence in context. The class attempts to address that by covering the details of 9/11, the difficulty of defining terrorism, the basic principles of Islam, the ideology of al-Qai'da, how people can be transformed from peaceful citizens to terrorists and how counterterrorism has changed as a result of 9/11. The lectures and student discussions are good, but the real stars are the reading material and the Google hangouts. Prof. Schanzer guides you through exploring primary source material like bin Laden's "Messages to the World" and Sayyid Qutb's "Milestones," and original research like Marc Sageman's "Leaderless Jihad" and Martin Miller's "The Foundations of Modern Terrorism." Amazingly, he has also made it possible for students to question experts like Peter Bergen who has interviewed bin Laden, Jessica Stern who has interviewed mujahideen and other religious extremists, as well as Imam Abdullah Antepli, historian Martin Miller and 9/11 memorial museum director Jan Ramirez. This class may be disappointing if you're looking for exploration of alternative theories about 9/11 like how it was a hoax carried out by the CIA or Mossad agents, etc. Analyzing these conspiracy theories and the groups promoting them could potentially make an interesting class in itself, but it is not addressed here. If your background is anything like mine, I think you'll find a large amount of new and interesting material here that can deepen your understanding of this important event and broaden your perspective on today's world.
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5 years, 10 months ago
A complete academic whitewash which fails to address the true history of Islam and its unrelenting jihad against all nonbelievers. it presents the politically correct version of Islam and feels completely to explore the violence that is contained throughout the sacred texts of Islam prior experience based on observing the creeping influence of Islam in Europe the course was very poor completely lacking in academic objectivity
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