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Resistance The Essence of the Islamist Revolution

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ISBN-10: 0745328857

ISBN-13: 9780745328850

Edition: 2009

Authors: Alastair Crooke

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A compelling account of the origins of the Islamist Revolution and the ideas and energy mobilising the Islamic world. This book traces the essence of the Islamist Revolution from its origins in Egypt, through Najf, Lebanon, Iran and the Iranian Revolution to today. Alastair Crooke presents a compelling account of the ideas and energy which are mobilsing the Islamic world. The story of the emerging Islamist Revolution is largely one of an Islamic response to western thinking based around individualism and personal relationships with the divine, juxtaposed to the Islamist demand to place human values above politics and self-interest. Crooke argues that the West faces a mass mobilisation against the US-led Western project. The roots of this conflict are described in terms of religious themes that extend back over 500 years. They represent clashing systems of thinking and values. Islamists have a vision for the future of their own societies which would entail radical change from Western norms. Resistance is presented as the means to force Western behaviour to change and to expose the essential differences between the two modes of thinking. This is a rigourous account that traces the threads of revolution of various movements, including the influence of 'political Shi'ism' and the Iranian Revolution and its impact on Hezbollah and Hamas.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 2/20/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Alastair Crooke was advisor to EU High Representative, Javier Solana, in the Middle East, 1997-2003. He was involved in facilitating a series of de-escalations of violence and military withdrawals in Palestine with Islamist movements from 2000-2003 and the end to the Bethlehem Church of the Nativity siege. He was a staff member of the Mitchell Committee into the causes of the Intifada in 2000. He is Director and founder of Conflicts Forum.

Acknowledgements
Political Movements
Prominent Figures
Introduction
In the Service of God and the Interests of the People
The Awakening of Resistance
Political Shi'ism
Social Revolution
God is a Liberal
A Culture of Willpower and Reason
Refusing Subservience
Resistance and the Normalisation of Injustice
The Nature of Power
The Limits to the Present
Epilogue
Notes
Index