Succinct and readable, this account demonstrates the regional and ideological diversity of political Islam even while explaining Muslims' malaise vis-à-vis the West.
(L. Carl Brown Foreign Affairs
Demystifying Islam, understanding Islamism as well as the forces that drive it.
This admirably concise book by an experienced journalist takes us on a vivid journey through political Islam's different national and regional contextsfrom Indonesia to Europeand considers how less hostile relations between the West and Islam might be achieved. Roger Hardy successfully avoids superficial and stereotypical renderings and makes effective and informative use of direct quotations by political Islamists-a rare and difficult feat.
(John Chalcraft, London School of Economics)