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The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global (Cambridge Middle East Studies) First Edition

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"In this well-grounded and at times gripping account of militant Islamist activism, Gerges gives the most persuasive explanation yet for the direction taken by those jihadis who have set their sights on nothing less than a shift in the global balance of power. Taking these ruthless idealists of the new century seriously, through their writings and through interviews, he brings an immediacy to the story which shows up their limitations, but also underlines the ferocity of their desire to eliminate those who stand against them." Professor Charles Tripp, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

"Fawaz Gerges has written an authoritative, deeply-researched account of jihadist movements around the Middle East, and shows that these movements, far from monolithic, are rife with ideological and strategic debates. This stimulating and well-written book will be of great interest to the general reader and the specialist alike." Peter Bergen, CNN Terrorism Analyst and author of Holy War, Inc.: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden

"No previous author has gone as far as Fawaz Gerges in explaining and illustrating the politics of Al Qaeda. On the basis of many interviews with jihadi militants, a close reading of the voluminous Arab literature thrown by its members, and, not least, the author's astute and historically informed judgment, he has produced a rich and most informative portrait of this movement. Identifying the political costs to the Arab world of this extreme, if very much minoritarian tendency, he also shows how repeated miscalculations by the West, from Afghanistan in the 1980s to Iraq after 2003, have given a new lease of life to the anger and fantasies of bin Laden and his followers." Professor Fred Halliday, London School of Economics, and author of Two Hours that Shook the World and 100 Myths About Islam

"His interviews are fascinating, disturbing and illuminating, and offer remarkably consistent arguments." Paula Newberg, Skidmore College

"...a few brave academics have stepped with books that evince a clearsighted vision and solid expertise. Among the best of these is Fawaz A. Gerges's The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global." --Chronicle of Higher Education, Juan R.I. Cole

"The title of Fawaz A. Gerges's incisive The Far Enemy refers to the al Qaeda term for the United States and its Western allies, but the book's focus is squarely on the internal divisions and ideological disputes that rent the jihadis during the mid-1990s." Bruce Hoffman, Washington Post Book World

“The author uses primary Arabic sources and interviews with militants to give a fascinating account of one of the most complex phenomena in the contemporary Middle East. Highly recommended.”
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New York Times "Week in Review" section as suggested reading about Islam and its history.

"The book provides a remarkable picture of the complexity of the jihad movement in recent decades."
John Obert Voll, The International History Review

Book Description

Since 9/11, Al Qaeda has been portrayed as an Islamist front united in armed struggle, or jihad, against the West. Fawaz Gerges argues that Al Qaeda represents a minority whose strategies have been opposed by religionist nationalists, thus creating a rift that led to the events of 9/11.

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  • Item Weight : 1.36 pounds
  • Hardcover : 358 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780521791403
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0521791403
  • Dimensions : 6.3 x 0.98 x 9.25 inches
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press; First Edition (September 5, 2005)
  • ASIN : 0521791405
  • Language: : English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for understanding Jihadism.
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