Jihad The Trail of Political Islam

ISBN-10: 0674010906

ISBN-13: 9780674010901

Edition: 2002 (Reprint)

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The late twentieth century has witnessed the emergence of an unexpected and extraordinary phenomenon: Islamist political movements. Beginning in the early 1970s, militants revolted against the regimes in power throughout the Muslim world and exacerbated political conflicts everywhere. Their jihad, or "Holy Struggle," aimed to establish a global Islamic state based solely on a strict interpretation of the Koran. Religious ideology proved a cohesive force, gathering followers ranging from students and the young urban poor to middle-class professionals. After an initial triumph with the Islamic revolution in Iran, the movement waged jihad against the USSR in Afghanistan, proclaiming for the first time a doctrine of extreme violence. By the end of the 1990s, the failure to seize political power elsewhere led to a split: movement moderates developed new concepts of "Muslim democracy" while extremists resorted to large-scale terrorist attacks around the world. Jihad is the first extensive, in-depth attempt to follow the history and geography of this disturbing political-religious phenomenon. Fluent in Arabic, Kepel has traveled throughout the Muslim world gathering documents, interviews, and archival materials inaccessible to most scholars, in order to give us a comprehensive understanding of the scope of Islamist movements, their past, and their present. As we confront the threat of terrorism to our lives and liberties, Gilles Kepel helps us make sense of the ominous reality of jihad today.
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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/31/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Gilles Kepel is Professor and Chair of Middle East Studies at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris.

Introduction
Expansion
A Cultural Revolution
Islam in the Late 1960s
Building Petro-Islam on the Ruins of Arab Nationalism
Islamism in Egypt, Malaysia, and Pakistan
Khomeini's Revolution and Its Legacy
Jihad in Afghanistan and Intifada in Palestine
Islamization in Algeria and the Sudan
The Fatwa and the Veil in Europe
Decline
From the Gulf War to the Taliban Jihad
The Failure to Graft Jihad on Bosnia's Civil War
The Logic of Massacre in the Second Algerian War
The Threat of Terrorism in Egypt
Osama bin Laden and the War against the West
Hamas, Israel, Arafat, and Jordan
The Forced Secularization of Turkish Islamists
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary
Maps
Abbreviations
Index
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