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Holy terror: Inside the world of Islamic terrorism Hardcover – 1987
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From Publishers Weekly
Based on interviews, field studies and internal literature, this is a blunt survey of the history, goals and influence of Islamic fundamentalism, particularly its Iran-based terroristic dimension. Khomeini is presented as one of history's great haters, a charismatic leader whose enmity is directed at all but the strictest adherents to his Manichean interpretations of the Koran. Images of blood and death abound: the Tower of Blood, a shrine in Tehran, is characterized by a guide as "the essence of Islam's message." The book includes descriptions of the organization and training of such groups as the Brides of Blood and the Volunteers for Martyrdom. Taheri calls the Ayatollah's Holy Terror "little more than a hodgepodge of medieval thought and methods borrowed from fascism and communism" and scathingly remarks that death is its highest and noblest goal since it is unable to offer a life worth living. Taheri is the author of The Spirit of Allah.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Taheri is the former editor of Iran's largest paper. Yet he is no advocate of Iran's revolution, but rather lays bare the fundamental dynamics and goals of the Ayatollah. He examines the instrument of terroruse of violence against the enemies of Islam and for coercion within Iranto achieve the expansion of Islam. In this quest the enemy has no worth and all means are justified. The picture Taheri paints of Iran and its posture toward the West is bleak, offering little hope for uncovering common interests. His book's value is in revealing the comprehensive nature of fundamental Islam and its acceptance and systematic use of violence. Richard B. Finnegan , Stonehill Coll., North Easton, Mass.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
This quote from the late Ayatollah Morteza Motahari, one of he brains behind the Khomeinist revolution in Iran is a graphic definition of what the world now faces in the form of Islamist terror.
This is one of many quotes, some of them running into several pages, that the author of this book offers in a bid to provide a direct understanding of the phenomenon. The reader gets a rare chance of directly hearing from those who preach fire and brimstone against non-Muslims.
The Islamist is persuaded that he must not accept peace until he has conquered the whole world for " The Only True Faith". He is ready to kill and to die in order to save mankind from what he regards as " jahiliah" or ignorance.All this he does with the best of intentions.
Islam means submission to the Will of Allah , as revealed in the Quran, the Divine Book. Anyone who resfues such submission is a Taghut or rebel against Allah and must be converted or put to death.
Taheri's book is a fast-paced narrative written by a talented journalist who observed many of the violent events he describes.
At the same time, however, the book is based on solId historical and political research. Thus one can read it either as an extended reportage about Islamist terrorism , or as an introduction to a religion, culture and civilisation that covers more than 1000 million people throughout the world.
" Holy Terror" was originally published many years ago. I found a paperback edition only recently.
What is remarkable is that, apart from some details, it has not dated. The Islamic Republic in Iran still features prominently on the list of states sponsoring international terror. And the number of Islamist terror organisation has, if anything increased. President George W Bush's " War on Terror" has so far not even scratched the surface.
Anyone who wants to know how people like Osama Bin Laden are produced in the Islamic world should read this fascinating book.
This is the chilling advice given to Moslem youths by Hassan al-Banna, an Egyptian schoolteacher who founded the terrorist organization known as the Ikhwan al-Moslemeen or Moslem Brotherhood.
Many took his advice and murdered a string of political leaders and intellectuals in sevberal Arab countries.
Over the half a century that followed the Ikhwan moderated their message and are now trying to impose their brand of Islam on Moslem societies through persuasion rather than murder.
But their message bred other radical groups- from the Fedayeen of Islam to which Khomeini belonged, to Osama Ben Laden's Al Qaeda.
This book tells the story of Islamist terrorism which dates back to 1400 years!
In a sense the author shows that Islam and terror are Siamese twins, inseparable.
The fact that the author himself is a Moslem, with an impeccable pedigree, makes the book more authoritative.
Above all, however, it is the fast pace of the book, the wealth of information it offers, and the honesty of its analysis that are impressive.
But this, in fact, is one of the strengths of this unusual book. The most important part of the book is the last part in which the author argues a strong case for democratization in the Moslem world.
He insists that there will be no victory in the war against terrorism until and unless all Moslem nations develop open, democratic societies.
This may sound like a tall order.
But Taheri is convinced that the Moslem world will enter the mainstream of international life by adopting democracy.
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