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The Third Jihad
File:The Third Jihad
The Third Jihad film poster
Directed by Wayne Kopping
Erik Werth
Produced by Erik Werth
Raphael Shore
Story by Wayne Kopping
Michael Pace
Raphael Shore
Erik Werth
Narrated by Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser
Music by Alun Richards
Editing by Wayne Kopping
Studio Public Scope Films
Distributed by Gallagher Entertainment
Release date(s) 2008
Running time 72 minutes
Country United States
Language Persian

The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision For America is a documentary film made by Wayne Kopping which chronicles radical Islam in present day America.



Raphael Shore, producer of Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West, and founder of the Clarion Fund is the producer of The Third Jihad. The film was directed and edited by Wayne Kopping, who was also the Director, Editor, and Co-Writer of Obsession.[1] Co-Directing and Co-Producing the film was Erik Werth, an Emmy-nominated television producer at Dateline NBC and former advisor to senior government officials.

The overriding theme of the film is the issue of homegrown jihad and its threat to national security. 72 minutes long, the film explores the alleged existence of an ongoing ‘Cultural Jihad’ in America.[2][3][4][5]


The film is narrated by Muslim American Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser.[3][6][7] The premise of the film presents the argument that there are two types of jihad being waged against the United States, these being violent jihad and cultural jihad. The argument for cultural jihad is that Islamic groups are using the laws and rights they are given to work against society and overthrow it. This is based on "An Explanatory Memorandum On the General Strategic Goal for the Group In North America".[8] The memorandum is a seized government document that was used in the 2008 United States v. Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development case verdict which found Holy Land Foundation guilty of laundering money to known Palestinian terrorist oganization Hamas.

The film uses video clips from American Broadcasting Company (ABC), Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, As-Sahab media production house of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization, Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN), Al-Aqsa TV and other non-specified news outlets.


The film contains excerpts of speeches given by various Islamic organizations and terrorist groups, includes interviews with government officials, interspersed with footage of terrorist attacks, human rights violations, and growing support of internal jihadist movements.


Persons interviewed in the film include: former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Director of the American Center for Democracy Rachel Ehrenfeld, founder and president of the Alliance of Iranian Women Manda Zand Ervin, former Jammaa Islameia terrorist Dr. Tawfik Hamid, British columnist and author Melanie Phillips, Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Easter Studies at Princeton University Bernard Lewis, former CIA operative Wayne Simmons, Police Commissioner of New York City Raymond Kelly, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Walid Phares, head of Masjid Al Islam mosque in Washington, DC Imam Abdul Alim Musa, Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman, former CIA Intelligence Expert Clare Lopez, FBI Assistant Director for Public Affairs John Miller (journalist) , President of the National Ten Point Leadership Foundation Rev. Eugene Rivers, journalist and author Mark Steyn, and former CIA Director during the Clinton Administration Jim Woolsey.[9]

Promotion and release

Fox News Channel Hannity & Colmes showed a preview of the documentary live on December 22, 2009. [10]

The film was released in May 2009 and has become, a more focused and updated version of Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West. Obsession, a 2005 documentary compares the threat of radical Islamism with that of Nazism before World War II, and draws parallels between radical Islamists and the Nazi Party during the War.[11]



Critic James Davis said the documentary takes "the same track taken by the Red Scare purveyors in the 1950s and by church leaders talking about the "new age" in the 1980s." [12]


  1. ^ Franklin Lamb, "Israel threatens Lebanon and Obama", Al-Ahram Weekly, August 27 - September 2, 2009, Issue No. 962, accessed August 17, 2010
  2. ^ Michael Cosgrove, Digital Journal, August 30, 2009
  3. ^ a b "The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America". Haaretz. June 11, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  4. ^ Bradley Vasoli (January 16, 2009). "'The Third Jihad' Presented In Wynnewood". The Philadelphia Bulletin. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  5. ^ Ron Rhodes (2010). The Coming Oil Storm. Harvest House Publishers. ISBN 0736928464. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Film asserts radical Islamists waging cultural jihad in U.S.". Tucson Citizen. October 20, 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ Matthew J. Morgan, John L. Esposito, Jean Bethke Elshtain (2009). The Impact of 9/11 on Religion and Philosophy: The Day that Changed Everything?. Macmillan. ISBN 0230608442. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  8. ^ "U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas". Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  9. ^ "The Third Jihad". The Third Jihad. October 5, 2008. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  10. ^ "'The Third Jihad'". Fox News. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Controversial Film "Obsession" Available For Online Viewing". AHN. November 23, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Newsvine - Film review: 'The Third Jihad'". June 30, 2009. Retrieved August 19, 2010. 

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