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The Muslim Revolt: A Journey Through Political Islam (Columbia/Hurst) Hardcover – March 25, 2010

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  • Series: Columbia/Hurst
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (March 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780231701501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231701501
  • ASIN: 0231701500
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,808,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

(The Economist)


This admirably concise book by an experienced journalist takes us on a vivid journey through political Islam's different national and regional contexts—from Indonesia to Europe—and 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)

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Garrison Jr. VINE VOICE on January 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"The Muslim Revolt: A Journey Through Political Islam" by Roger Hardy, (2010), small hardback, 230 pages. The author `worked as a Middle East and Islamic affairs analyst for the BBC World Service for over twenty years.' The author noted that Egypt seems to be a `malaise' today because "IN a much-debated phrase, Al-Ghazali and the religious scholars of his day [1400s] `closed the gates' of ijtihad" [reasoning] (p. 18) - essentially, Muslims stopped progressive/ scientific/ secular thinking. The author BRIEFLY reviews `modern' Islamists (Qutb, Banna) who argued against the secular/ liberal `westernization' of the Middle East. The author desires the `liberation', if not the `liberalization' of Islam - just enough to curtail the power of the stifling anti-secularists imams. The author interviews several Middle East scholars who want to liberalize the region by reducing the sharia-Islamist laws. The author reviews the Shia-Shia split since the Battle of Karbala, and the Shia overthrow of the Iranian shah in 1979. The author tries to explain how the conservative/ fundamentalist Islamists regained power over the reform-minded Khatami administration [it was Pres. George Bush's `fault' - because his `Axis of Evil' speech offended the conservative Shia!] (p. 53). The author reviews how "Pakistan is the only country created in the name of Islam" (59) with Jinnah (& Maududi), and how Gen. Zia ul-Haq Islamlicated it even more - shortly after Khomeini seduced Iran. The author reviews how the U.S. funded Pakistan to oppose the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan - and how the bin Laden versus Azzam split and assassination came to be. The author BRIEFLY reviews the origins of Wahhabism and the coup of Ibn Saud.Read more ›
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