From Publishers Weekly
The author of Jihad: The Trial of Political Islam and a professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, Kepel left for the Middle East in the wake of September 11. This first-person, high-level blog-like book, serialized in Le Monde in May 2002, proceeds day by day, beginning October 13, 2001, in autumnal Cairo, where he sees the impact of Osama bin Laden, a "great communicator," on Egypt's youth, and ending in April 2002 in L.A., contemplating Hollywood's failed attempts to come to grips with an "imperious, wounded America."
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Praise for Kepel's Jihad: The Trial of Political Islam:
"The combination of scope and expertise puts this book in a league of its own."--The Washington Post
"[This book] is a compelling read that makes an appealing case."--The New York Times Book Review
"[A] masterly display of scholarship that describes how a radical idea spread through large segments of the Islamic world."--The Wall Street Journal
"Kepel's history has a wider focus than Ahmed Rashid's Jihad and more analytical depth than Robin Wright's Sacred Rage."--Booklist
"Kepel stands conventional wisdom on its head...this work stands out, both for its erudition and its provocative thesis."--Publishers Weekly
"...a sophisticated and timely work that places the events of September 11 in historical and sociopolitical context..."--Library Journal