Inside Jihad
Inside Jihad

Inside Jihad

How Radical Islam Works; Why It Should Terrify Us; How to Defeat It


238 Pages, 6 x 9

Paperback, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: September 2015

ISBN 9780990808916

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Why has radical Islam become such a deadly threat and why does it dominate the Muslim world? A quarter-century ago, Tawfik Hamid was recruited into Jamaa Islamiya, a terror group led by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the man who replaced Osama bin Laden to become the leader of al-Qaeda. Eventually and miraculously, Dr. Hamid recognized the insidious nature of violent jihad and rejected its distortions of the Quran, the holy book of the Muslim faith. Ever since, he has pursued a path of reformation within Islam by writing new interpretations of the book's key texts and by sharing his message in mosques. Inside Jihad reveals Dr. Hamid's insights about the Islamic terror movement drawn from his personal experiences. As a medical doctor and a psychologist, he helps readers understand the jihadist mindset. He also explains the meaning of jihad and the role that sex, petrodollars and the hijab for women play in its proliferation. And he details his bold plan for Islamic reformation that would eventually change the minds of jihadists and stop their reign of terror.


"Reformers such as Tawfik Hamid ... must be supported and protected. They should be as well known as Solzhenitsyn, Sakharov and Havel were in the 1980s." —Ayaan Hirsi Ali, best-selling author, opponent of Radical Islam and advocate of the reform of Islam

"Inside Jihad is terrific. I wish I had read it 15 years ago when we were trying to decipher radical Islam. I would have made it required reading for my Intel colleagues. It is concise, convincing, compelling—and chilling. I also value Inside Jihad so much that I am constantly rereading it. It has become a staple resource kept handy, and I will refer to it regularly in my consulting and speaking events. It is authoritative, definitive and wonderfully politically incorrect!" —Porter Goss, former Director, Central Intelligence

"A fascinating look at the driving forces behind radical Islam that provides new insight on how to confront its growing threat around the world today." —Senator John McCain

"Dr. Hamid's knowledge about radical Islam is crucial to understanding and defeating it." —Ambassador R. James Woolsey, former Director, Central Intelligence 

"Inside Jihad is an important resource for anyone interested in learning about the thought processes of the jihadists." —William Esposito, former Deputy Director, FBI

"A riveting and informative work. Dr. Hamid's understanding of how psychological indoctrination creates a radical Islamist is exceedingly useful." —Dr. Phyllis Chesler, Emerita Professor, Psychology; author, The New Anti-Semitism and An American Bride in Kabul 

"Inside Jihad is a must-read!" —Dr. Zudhi Jasser, founder and president, American Islamic Forum for Democracy; author,  A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot's Fight to Save His Faith  

"A well-written and highly practical guide to understanding and countering radical Islam." —Glen Roberts, Editor,

Author Biography

Tawfik Hamid is considered a world authority on Islamism and counterterrorism. A former jihadist, he has been a keynote speaker at intelligence summits in Washington, DC, and elsewhere. He has discussed jihadism with senators and members of Congress, and with governmental and private organizations in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. He has lectured at conferences on the topic and at several universities. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN, ABC News, and the BBC, and he has published analyses in the Wall Street Journal, the National Review, the New York Daily News, and the Jerusalem Post, among other newspapers and periodicals. He is a senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. He lives in Northern Virginia.