Rock the Casbah Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World

ISBN-10: 1439103178

ISBN-13: 9781439103173

Edition: 2011

Authors: Robin B. Wright
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Description: A decade after the 9/11 attacks, this groundbreaking book takes readers deep into rebellions against both autocrats and extremists that are redefining politics, culture, and security threats across the Islamic world. The awakening involves hundreds of millions of people. And the political transformations— and tectonic changes—are only beginning.Robin Wright, an acclaimed foreign correspondent and television commentator, has covered the region for four decades. She witnessed the full cycle, from extremism’s angry birth and globalization to the rise of new movements transforming the last bloc of countries to hold out against democracy. Now, in Rock the Casbah, she chronicles the new order being shaped by youthinspired revolts toppling leaders, clerics repudiating al Qaeda, playwrights and poets crafting messages of a counter-jihad, comedians ridiculing militancy, hip-hop rapping against guns and bombs, and women mobilizing for their own rights.This new counter-jihad has many goals. For some, it’s about reforming the faith. For others, it’s about reforming political systems. For most, it’s about achieving basic rights. The common denominator is the rejection of venomous ideologies and suicide bombs, plane hijackings, hostage-takings, and mass violence to achieve those ends.Wright captures a stunning moment in history, one of the region’s four key junctures—along with Iran’s revolution, Israel’s creation, and the Ottoman Empire’s collapse—in a century. The notion of a clash of civilizations is increasingly being replaced by a commonality of civilizations in the twenty-first century. But she candidly details both the possibilities and pitfalls ahead. The new counter-jihad is imaginative and defiant, but Muslim societies are also politically inexperienced and economically challenged.

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 8/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Prologue The Sandstorm
Extreme Makeover
The Scent of Jasmine
The Counter-jihad
The Big Chill
A Midsummer's Eve
A Different Tune
Hip-Hop Islam
The New Chic
The Living Poets Society
Satellite Sheikhs and YouTube Imams
The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour
Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes
A Wild Ride
The Beginning of the Beginning
The Diplomatic Pas de Deux
Epilogue The Morning After
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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