As good a guide as any to the ideological currents that motivate and sustain some radical Islamics. -- (B.B. Lawrence, Choice)
Not just scholars but everyone seriously interested in teh contemporary Middle East is in Sivan's debt. -- (G.H. Jansen, Los Angeles Times)
[E]xceptional...professional, insightful, and persuasive...A well-informed interpretation of recent events based directly on relevant Arabic writings. -- (Michael W. Dols, History)
[T] his gem of a small book... book makes a large and almost entirely new body of information available. -- (Daniel Pipes, The New Leader)
From the Inside Flap
In recent years radical fundamentalists have had a formidable intellectual and social impact on Sunni Islam countries such as Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon. This highly acclaimed book by an eminent Arabist focuses on the development of Sunni Muslim fundamentalism, discussing how it rejected Western values, broke with pan-Arabism, and took on an activist political position. This enlarged edition contains a new chapter, "In the Shadow of Khomeini," which considers to growth and influence of Shi'ite radicalism since the Iranian Revolution, reviews the principal areas of controversy between Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims, and assesses whether rapprochment between the two groups is likely.