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Mar 9, 2009, 11:56 PM
Jamiu Adewunmi Oluwatoki (PhD) is a Senior Lecturer of the Department of History and International Studies, Lagos State University, Ojo. He is an Islamic scholar of no mean repute and epitomises the emergent trend of emancipated Islamic scholars, educated in western ways and moving from reactionary to proactive practical principles of world politics.

The Book is a 41 page work printed from a monograph of a Lecture delivered during Ramadan in 2001, shortly after the attack on the World Trade Centre twin towers of September 11, 2001. In four identifiable paragraphs, it touches on many issues which reflect a brilliant prescience of events only being understood today by the generality after the unravelling of "The war on Terror" and other apocalyptic acts of the West. It is anticipatory of the mutating polarization of Western interests and Islamic nationalism. Above all, it foresees the ‘Islamicisation' of Europe entirely by peaceful demographic and democratic means.

The title of the Work highlights the volatile mix and counter forces that are tearing the world apart and threatening to bring about the self-fulfilling prophecy of universal immolation. The Author in introducing the three concepts of Islam, the West and Terrorism highlights the contending facts;

• That Islam has progressed from being a religion, code of conduct and a culture into a Theological world power premised on an ethos of universal conversion. (Which is the cause of Allah).
• That the West (a euphemism for the United States of America) has embarked on a crusade of universal domination and suppression of all opposing ideologies especially Islam,. "The War on Terror", is a punitive tool of world domination and suppression as evinced by its first operational title, "Operation Infinite Justice".
• Terrorism has taken on new shapes and dimensions and has transformed from its pejorative origins into a euphemism for any action, ideology or persuasion that is counter to American interests.

The ironic positioning of the word ‘West' between ‘Islam' and ‘Terrorism' clearly depicts the morass into which America has thrown itself. When the fundamentalism and fatalism of Islam combine with the War Technology and single-mindedness of Terrorism, the outcome is fatal to American interests.

The author zeroes in on the Western incursion of Zionism into Palestine, the insensitivity of an American domination of World interests, an inequitable sharing of power and undue interference in the sovereignty of other nations as the major issues. This is of particular upset to Islam because the concept of sovereignty under Islamic theocracy vests all Sovereignty in Allah, therefore to attack an Islamic nation is to attack Allah. The only response to an attack on Allah is Jihad. The author identifies Jihad as one of the pillars of Islam. He quotes the Qu'oran to support the use of terror to further the interests of Islam. It is the Cause of Allah.

We identify a train of thought of Islam as a World power yet underdog that needs to fight back using its only weapon, terrorism as evinced in the headings of the four chapters. There is an anger moderated by an attempt to justify and explain the inexorable opposition that Islam has been thrown into by the Westernization of the Holy Lands and the Arabic strongholds of ‘Islamia'.

He creates a paradigm of ideologies struggling for supremacy in the world, where one is backed with superior weaponry and the other, fanatical commitment. This would eventually create a world of two uncompromising ideologies, a mix for world annihilation.


Jamiu Adewunmi Oluwatoki in this brilliant work debunks western propaganda and exposes a perception of Islam that was hitherto tangentially mentioned. The possibility of Islam as a world government as an eventuality of its continual ascendancy becomes real through his eyes. The racy style of the author's writing is curiously missing in his concluding words, perhaps watered down for the purpose of wider consumption.

If the Author had ended with a cry to arms against the western domination and oppression of all peoples of the Southern hemisphere, the reader would have responded eagerly to the cry, for he had made a convincing argument.

This Work's greatest strength is that it has said so much in so few words. It is scholarly, yet brief and is as moulding of opinion as a 500 – page treatise and is certainly more palatable