Inside Jihad: How Radical Islam Works, Why It Should Terrify Us, How to Defeat It

A book to understand the basic dynamics of the phenomenon of violent Jihad and to offer strategies to defeat it.

“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. Tawfik Hamid’s knowledge about Radical Islam is crucial to understanding and defeating it”

“Amb. R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence.”


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 of Central Intelligence


“Dr. Tawfik Hamid’s discussion of the root causes of Islamic terrorism is balanced and fair.  He provides the definition of common terms used in the study and analysis of terrorism and gives his own analysis of the West’s response to the terrorist problem, which was previously viewed as primarily a Middle Eastern issue but now affects the globe. He espouses the notion that just as other faiths have had to change over the centuries, religious reform needs to take place within Islam.”

Inside Jihad is an important resource for anyone interested in learning about the thought processes of the jihadists. It will provoke needed discussions as it lays out the fundamental differences between the sects and basic tenants of Islam – vital information in this age of Islamic terrorism.”

—William Esposito, former Deputy Director of the FBI


“Without hesitation, I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the mind and motives of the jihadist terrorist. Dr. Hamid has done a great service to all persons interested in protecting civilization from barbarism.”

U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry


“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

—Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“It’s a must-read!”

—Stephen K. Bannon, Breitbart News


“[Tawfik] Hamid is a great scholar whose knowledge of terrorism is extremely valuable. There is no doubt about his first-hand experience and depth of knowledge. He is truly a treasure.”

Lt. Gen. Claude M. “Mick” Kicklighter, U.S. Army (retired)


“Everyone in the world affected by the threat of radical Islam needs to read Dr. Hamid’s book Inside Jihad to understand the dynamics of this dangerous ideology.”

—Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, U.S. Army (retired)


“Buy this book. Read this book. Refer to this book. Share this book … I’ve read and reviewed counter-jihad classics by bestselling experts [but if] someone said to me, ‘I want to read just one book about jihad,’ I’d give that reader Dr. Hamid’s book.”

–Danusha Goska, Frontpage Mag


“A very important book that draws on [Dr. Hamid’s] experiences with jihad in his native Egypt.”

–Frank Gaffney, Secure Freedom Radio


“Anyone concerned about the proliferation of radical Islam must read this amazing book.Inside Jihad not only provides a genuinely comprehensive and historical understanding of how the West has allowed radical Islam to flourish, but more important it also outlines how to defeat it. Dr. Hamid should know better than anyone else. A former member of an Egyptian Islamic terrorist group that eventually merged with al-Qaeda, he made an extraordinarily courageous and unprecedented decision to denounce the terrorist organization once he saw the reality of  the horrors of jihad. Long before 9/11, he became one of the world’s experts on the true dangers of radical Islam. Dr. Hamid has made it his life’s mission to reform Islam by trying to deprogram jihadists from their world of hate and death. He understands Islam in ways that will mesmerize you. Don’t wait. Read this book now.”

–Steven Emerson, Executive Director, The Investigative Project on Terrorism


“Inside Jihad is a vital contribution. Anyone who cherishes freedom, faith and family will benefit from engaging its pages … I urge all concerned with how to overcome the threat of radical Islam to give [it] a well-deserved read.”

–Thomas P. McDevitt, Chairman, The Washington Times


“Dr. Tawfik Hamid’s book is most timely for [anyone] awakening to the violence and terrorism perpetrated by Islamists since 9/11; to read and come to grips with the jihadist mentality. As we should have learned by now, counterterrorism efforts by law-enforcement agencies and the military have their limits. Worse, a full-scale war against Islam and Muslims is exactly what al-Qaeda and ISIS and their ilk want, a war that turns civilizational between the West and Islam, fulfilling the apocalyptic, end-of-the-world scenario they embrace. What urgently needs to be understood is the theological underpinning of Islamism so it can be discredited as a perversion of Islam. Dr. Hamid has performed a great service by deconstructing this theology and showing how Islamists have selectively twisted the meaning of the Quran to justify their hatred of infidels – Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, non-believers and agnostics – as well as Muslims who reject their jihadism. He has shown how the Islamist quest for a Sharia-based society is driven by the psychology of nihilism and a violent rejection of the modern world. Containing and effectively nullifying Islamist theology will be this century’s greatest challenge, for Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and Inside Jihad can fortify anyone who commits to this daunting task.”

 –Dr. Salim Mansur, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Western Ontario


“Dr. Tawfik Hamid has a compelling personal story. He’s had a front-row seat to radical Islam and has firsthand knowledge of the dangers posed by the growing global Jihad movement. His is a voice that must be heard.” —Van D. Hipp, Jr., Chairman, American Defense International, Inc.


“Mandatory reading for everyone who wants to understand the reality of the threats the world faces. You must know your enemy to defeat your enemy, and Dr. Hamid knows the enemy as only a former jihadist could know.”

 –David G. Major, retired FBI executive, founder of the Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies


“Dr. Hamid … has stood up fearlessly to the tsunami of Islamic extremism to share his tolerant vision of the immediate need for Islam’s reformation – to truly become a religion of peace. He  has risked himself and his family to fanatic, horrific violence for this “crime.” If there is to be hope for a beginning to a better world, and for future generations to be spared endless religious war with massive casualties, then Dr. Hamid is the answer – the personification, the embodiment – of that hope. Should we ignore him, and others like him , and not support their message to the fullest extent, then we shall reap the whirlwind. I am eminently proud, and greatly honored, to call this man my friend. I am grateful to, and blessed by, the Good Lord to think of him as my brother.”

–Dr. Robert Katz, Executive Director, The Intelligence Summit SM


“Dr. Tawfik Hamid understands the jihadist mind because it was once his mind. He knows the way in and the way out. This makes his analysis indispensable in terms of its depth of spiritual insight. Anyone interested in countering this demented religious ideology should read this book.”

 –Robert R. Reilly, author of The Closing of the Muslim Mind

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