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Knowing the Enemy: Faith, Reason and the War Against Jihadism

Recorded on February 25, 2008

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Drawing on a quarter century of experience at the intersection of moral argument and public policy, George Weigel describes rigorously and clearly the threat posed by global jihadism: the religiously inspired ideology which teaches that it is the moral obligation of all Muslims to employ whatever means are necessary to compel the world's submission to Islam.  Exploring that ideology's theological, social, cultural and political roots, Weigel charts a new direction for both public policy and interreligious dialogue, one that meets the challenge of jihadism forthrightly while creating the conditions for a less threatening, more mutually enriching encounter between Islam and the West.

George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America's foremost commentators on issues of religion and public life.  He is the author of fifteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II.  He is the author most recently of Faith, Reason and the War Against Jihadism: A Call to Action (Doubleday, 2007).