A comprehensive survey of militant Islam, or Islamism, from Judith Miller, former bureau chief for The New York Times in Cairo. She covers eight Arab countries, plus Iran and Israel, in providing a complete, if bleak, picture for Western readers: from poverty-stricken Egypt to rich Saudi Arabia, she believes Islamists are threatening Middle Eastern stability. Whether floundering under incompetent government, corruption, and repression, or, as in the case of Jordan, too dependent on one ruler, the states close to the West are weak, and vulnerable to a movement that promises social justice and moral righteousness. Miller is forthright in her condemnation of the intolerance and sexism of Islamic movements she sees as largely antithetical to Western democracy. A provocative and daring book. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Indispensable for Middle East watchers, Miller's eye-opening, firsthand report begins in Sudan in 1985 with the jubilant public execution of Mahmoud Taha, founder of a nonviolent Islamic reformist group. His conviction for sedition and heresy by a militant Muslim regime that commits appalling crimes, she observes, should serve as a warning to other Middle Eastern states tempted to institute theocratic rule. In virtually every country she visited-Egypt, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc.-Miller, New York Times correspondent and former Cairo bureau chief, found that the appeal of fundamentalist, militant Islam was growing, though it was often brutally suppressed, as in Algeria, where a war raging between the secular government and armed Islamic radicals has claimed an estimated 40,000 lives. In Israel in 1993, she interviewed a terrorist of the Muslim group Hamas and met with members of the largely nonviolent Islamic movement, which was increasingly divided over whether Arabs should integrate into Israeli society or pursue cultural and institutional separatism. Her trenchant observations on Libya, Lebanon, Jordan and Iran round out a compelling odyssey.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Interesting journey through the Mid-east. Very informative and then compare with todays troubles.Published 11 months ago by D. Brown
"Reporting from the Militant Middle East" - the subtitle - is apt.
Judith Miller gives her journalistic POV, from decades in the field with the New York Times, and as... Read more
fantastic, great reading, a essential book to have to understand the middle east, Judith tells it like it really isPublished 21 months ago by mac8352
Covers many countries of the Middle East. it's a bit dated, especially after the Arab Spring, but it's a very nice description of the sort that only a traveller in country could... Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Peace Village
While the book has addressed the idea that islamic groups in different ME countries have different agendas and follow them using different means, the main theme of the book was to... Read morePublished on December 16, 2006 by Samer Abu Taha
She is a good reporter; she has done much research in the Middle East and her viewpoints are largely, very insightful. Read morePublished on July 18, 2006 by Jeff Siddiqui
I wonder if Judith Miller's knowledge of Islam included actually learning the 99 names for God, which define the essence of God for Muslims. Read morePublished on November 10, 2005 by Bluegrass Maiden
I guess I must be the only one who fails to understand why there is such a fuss about this book. Judith Miller, a reporter, spent quite a while interviewing plenty of people and... Read morePublished on April 11, 2005 by Jill Malter
This is a very lousy book. It is a failing attempt to imitate Tom Friedman's From Beirut to Jerusalem. It is full of mistakes. Read morePublished on January 11, 2005 by Hussain Abdul-Hussain