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Beyond Terror and Martyrdom By Gilles Kepel

Beyond Terror and Martyrdom
by Gilles Kepel

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Urges readers to escape the ideological quagmire of terrorism and martyrdom and explore the terms of a constructive dialogue between Islam and the West, one for which Europe, with its expanding and restless Muslim populations, may be the proving ground.
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Beyond Terror and Martyrdom Summary


Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East by Gilles Kepel

Since 2001, two dominant worldviews have clashed in the global arena: a neoconservative nightmare of an insidious Islamic terrorist threat to civilized life, and a jihadist myth of martyrdom through the slaughter of infidels. Across the airwaves and on the ground, an ill-defined and uncontrollable war has raged between these two opposing scenarios. Deadly images and threats - from the televised beheading of Western hostages to graphic pictures of tortured prisoners at Abu Ghraib, from the destruction wrought by suicide bombers in London and Madrid to civilian deaths at the hands of American occupation forces in Iraq - have polarized populations on both sides of this divide.Yet, as the noted Middle East scholar and commentator Gilles Kepel demonstrates, President Bush's War on Terror masks a complex political agenda in the Middle East - enforcing democracy, accessing Iraqi oil, securing Israel, and seeking regime change in Iran. Osama bin Laden's call for martyrs to rise up against the apostate and hasten the dawn of a universal Islamic state papers over a fractured, fragmented Islamic world that is waging war against itself." Beyond Terror and Martyrdom" sounds the alarm to the West and to Islam that both of these exhausted narratives are bankrupt - neither productive of democratic change in the Middle East nor of unity in Islam. Kepel urges us to escape the ideological quagmire of terrorism and martyrdom and explore the terms of a new and constructive dialogue between Islam and the West, one for which Europe, with its expanding and restless Muslim populations, may be the proving ground.

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Beyond Terror and Martyrdom Reviews


Kepel's detailed analysis of the conflicting tactics, strategies, justifications and goals that underscore these ideologies is among the clearest available to date. His tour of the global political landscape illuminates not only the broad contours of Islamist thinking since 2001, but also the nuanced political theologies that pit sects, tribes, jihadis and governments against one another.--Paula Newberg"Globe and Mail" (11/22/2008)

About Gilles Kepel


Gilles Kepel is Professor and Chair of Middle East Studies at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. He is author of Jihad, The War for Muslum Minds, and Al Qaeda in Its Own Words (all from Harvard).

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GOR003336533
Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East by Gilles Kepel
Gilles Kepel
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Harvard University Press
2008-11-07
314
0674031385
9780674031388
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