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Al Qaeda : brotherhood of terror
Williams, Paul L., 1944-
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Publication Information:
[Parsippany, NJ?] : Alpha, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxvi, 213 pages : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 21 cm
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This text examines the Al-Qaeda network's religious roots, its widespread organizational reach, its complex political and religious agenda and its terrifying tactics.

Author Notes

Paul L. Williams holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Drew University. He has taught theology, humanities, medieval history, and philosophy at the University of Scranton, and for the past seven years has served as a consultant on organized crime and international terrorism for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Choice Review

Among the avalanche of volumes published since 9/11/01, this book stands out for its brevity and the wealth of information it provides general readers about a complicated subject. Authored by a government consultant, the book synthesizes much of what is known about al-Qaeda from a wide variety of sources with his own insights and analysis of the terrorist challenge facing the US and the world community. Williams argues that it is impossible to come to terms with al-Qaeda and future Islamist extremism without understanding the history of Islam from its origins until today. Thus, he provides an overview of Islam's doctrines and history, its encounters with Christian empires, the invasion of the Crusaders, and the Zionist movement leading to Israel's establishment. He identifies the ideological and historical origins of al-Qaeda, its organizational structure, bin Laden's formal role, leadership cadres, and affiliated Islamic groups that constitute a global network committed to wage jihad. Concluding chapters deal with the terrorist mind-set, financing, weapons, and future trends. Recommended for general and academic collections. All levels. R. H. Dekmejian University of Southern California

Table of Contents

1 Inside Al Qaeda
2 Muhammad, Islam, and the Koran
3 Islam's Sects and Struggles
4 The Christian Invasion
5 The Jewish Invasion
6 Formula for Terror
7 Osama bin Laden
8 The Reach of Al Qaeda
9 Jihad
10 The Mind-Set of a Terrorist
11 Heroin, Cash, and Weapons
12 Global Terrorism's Many Fronts
Appendix A Glossary
Appendix B Bibliography
Appendix C Resources

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