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War without end : the rise of Islamist terrorism and global response
Hiro, Dilip.
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Revised edition.
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
Physical Description:
xxxiv, 513 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm

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BP63.A35 H57 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This book provides the historical and political context to explain acts of terror, including the September 11th, and the bombing of American Embassies in Nairobi and Dar as Salaam and the West's responses. Providing a brief history of Islam as a religion and as socio-political ideology, Dilip Hiro goes on to outline the Islamist movements that have thrived in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, and their changing relationship with America. It is within this framework that the rising menace of Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaida network is discussed.

The Pentagon's amazingly swift victory over the Taliban in Afghanistan is examined along with implications of the Bush Doctrine, encapsulated in his declaration, 'so long as anybody is terrorizing established governments, there needs to be a war' - a recipe for war without end.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Also a journalist, who has reported on the Middle East and Central Asia for 20 years, Hiro offers a deeper and broader study, including the history of Islam and the beginning of its modern confrontation with the West in the 19th century. Then he focuses on how fundamentalist Islam developed in three countries Egypt, Saudia Arabia and Afghanistan and ends with a reasoned argument as to why America's present course may lead to "war without end." Maps, illus. (Sept. 16) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Maps Prologue
Part 1 Islam
1 The Rise of Islam: Sunnis and Shias
2 Orthodox Islam and Sufism
3 Islam in Modern Times
Part 2 Islamic Ideologies and Fundamentalist States
4 Egypt: the Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoots
5 Saudi Arabia: the oldest fundamentalist state
6 Afghanistan: Fundamentalism victorious with American Backing
Part 3 Islamist Terrorism and Global Response
9 Ongoing War Against Terror: An uncharted territory
10 Summary and Conclusions
Epilogue Notes
List of Abbreviations
Glossary of Foreign Terms
Appendix I United Nations Security Council Resolution 1368
Appendix II United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373
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