Raheel Raza, President Council for Muslims Facing Tomorrow

Toronto, Canada


“Valerie Greenfeld’s book, Backyard Caliphate: Preventing Radicalization in Our Neighborhoods, is a much-needed read in the Western world where there is denial and political correctness around the issue of a global jihadist insurgency. Greenfeld covers a wide variety of subjects in her book – all directly related to radicalization, supported by impeccable research. Her focus on how young people are manipulated into the world of terrorism and radicalized through hate propaganda is an important chapter in the battle against terrorism. The author not only defines the problem, identifying the risks, but she also goes one step further and offers solutions. This book is educational and a must read for those who want to know what Islamist radicalization looks like, what are the signs to look out for and how to deal with the issue as a whole.”


Raymond Orzel, Counterterrorism Expert

Washington, D.C.


“From the backyard Bar-B-Q to the terrorist training camps of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, “Backyard Caliphate: Preventing Radicalization in Our Neighborhoods,” by Valerie Greenfeld, is an authoritative, must-read in the age of online radicalization and extremism–parental attention advised.”


Sarah Stern, President, Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)

Washington, D.C.


“Valerie Greenfeld’s excellent book, “Backyard Caliphate: Preventing Radicalization in Our Neighborhoods,” should be required reading for every American parent. Ms. Greenfeld painstakingly outlines the ways that our American youngsters are recruited by radical Islamic terrorist groups. Not only does she get into the heads of the vulnerable youngsters, but she describes the seductive methods that are used to entrap them. And beyond that, she offers some sage of what we, as parents, can do to protect our children from what can become their lethal exploitation–and every parent’s worst nightmare.”


Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger

Jerusalem, Israel


“Backyard Caliphate: Preventing Radicalization in Our Neighborhoods,” is an essential reading for Americans who wish to avoid the suicidal path of the European Western democracies. The latter have sacrificed their long-term homeland and national security on the alter of wishful-thinking and simplistic view of Islam. They have chosen to ignore the 1,400-year-old lack of intra-Muslim tolerance and peaceful-coexistence and the tenacious, systematic pursuit of the 14-centuries-old Islamic strategic goal of bringing “the abode of the infidel” to submission, while abusing Western hospitality, civil liberties and infatuation with peace.”