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What was the place of Islam in US political discussions from its inception within the USA? How did the US political elite come up with democracy promotion as the longest-standing foreign policy? Who are the US foreign policymakers? What is the “war on terror” policy after the 9/11 terrorist attacks? How did Islam become a security issue for the USA? How is this related to democracy promotion in the Middle East? These and similar questions are presented down in the introduction of the book. Moreover, the introduction familiarizes the reader with the main concepts that will be discussed in the later chapters, cementing the basics for an analysis of the forthcoming chapters.
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