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Bad Moon Rising: A Chronicle of the Middle East Today Paperback – April 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0863563034 ISBN-10: 0863563031

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Saqi Books (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863563031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863563034
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,822,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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Gilles Kepel is a top notch scholar on political Islam and its consequent terrorism. His French socialist background made him tie his theories about Islam to Marxist interpretation of the reason behind class struggle. To him, the rise of militant Islam was mainly due to changes in fortunes and the shift in class alliances among the different societies of the Muslim countries.

In this brief book, Kepel records his observations about one of his tours of the Middle East in what seems like a reporter's diary. Without going into complicated analysis, Kepel interviews the Egyptian Muslim instigator Sheikh Mohammed Qardawi who is given a show on the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel.

He visits malls in the gulf and notices, how despite the conservative nature of the society there, young men and women still manage to exchange glances and drop each others notes of love and probably dating as they shop at such malls.

What is very interesting in Kipel's work is his long stay in the Middle East since he was a student and his fluency in Arabic. This makes of Kepel not only an expert of Muslim countries but also almost one of the natives.

The chapters are disconnected which makes it easier for the readers to start with the chapters that they feel might be more interesting than others. The translation from the French original script, however, reflects a bit on the style of the book and renders it sometimes dull.
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