How has jihad become synonymous with violence? Dr. Osman explores the topic of jihad by examining the many conflicts that led to violence in the Middle East. Beginning in the early 20th century, Dr. Osman discusses how colonialism gave rise to nationalism (pan-Arabism) and the Islamic movements (Egypt, Afghanistan, and India). How did nationalism and religion collide and what were the consequences after independence? Also, the emergence of the United States and its unrelenting support for Israel and the rise of terrorism are examined.
Dr. Osman traces the political events of the Middle East beginning with the Ottoman Empire to the Iran/Iraq war. What events led to the partitioning of the Middle East after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire? What has been the effect of the emergence of the United States after WWII? The following topics are also examined:
An intimate discussion with Dr. Fathi Osman about his life, from his early childhood in Egypt that shaped his belief in human rights, justice, and democracy to his migration to the United States and the pursuit of freedom. Dr. Osman looks back at how his fight against dictatorship in Egypt led to the most difficult time in his life but also shaped his belief in God. ”I never thought that fear was so destructive to all the intellectual and human abilities and it might reduce the human to an animal or less.“ He shares his thoughts on how the struggle against colonialism and dictatorship split between those who chose the peaceful route and those who turned to violence and aggression.