Al Qaeda in Its Own Words

Al Qaeda in Its Own Words Despite the frequent appearances of Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri on television screens worldwide Al Qaeda remains an elusive entity As the world has grown increasingly familiar with the spec

  • Title: Al Qaeda in Its Own Words
  • Author: Gilles Kepel
  • ISBN: 9780674028043
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Despite the frequent appearances of Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri on television screens worldwide, Al Qaeda remains an elusive entity As the world has grown increasingly familiar with the spectacle of Islamist terrorism, Al Qaeda s essential worldview has remained bewilderingly opaque To reveal its inner workings, Gilles Kepel and his collaborators, all scholarsDespite the frequent appearances of Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri on television screens worldwide, Al Qaeda remains an elusive entity As the world has grown increasingly familiar with the spectacle of Islamist terrorism, Al Qaeda s essential worldview has remained bewilderingly opaque To reveal its inner workings, Gilles Kepel and his collaborators, all scholars of Arabic and Islam, have collected and brilliantly annotated key texts of the major figures from whom the movement has drawn its beliefs and direction The resulting volume offers an unprecedented glimpse into the assumptions of the salafist jihadists who have reshaped political life at the beginning of the third millennium.Excerpts from the work of Azzabdallah Azzam, Ayman al Zawahiri, Osama Bin Laden, and Abu Musab al Zarqawi drawn from speeches, internet postings, and published writings tell the story of Al Qaeda s evolution, from its origins in the Afghan war through the war in Iraq These texts reveal the rational, discursive mode used to persuade and to justify violent armed struggle in a universe defined by militant Islam Substantial interpretive introductions to each leader s work and extensive critical commentary provide unparalleled access to the intellectual and doctrinal context of Al Qaeda in which these radical ideas have taken shape.By viewing Al Qaeda from within, this indispensable volume reveals the terrorist network s insidious role in the global web culture of today and the full dimensions of its frightening threat to world stability and security.

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    1. If you want to find out what 'the rules' or Al Qaida really means, the. This book is the right choice. As a knowledgeable Muslim with a lot of study of the Islamic history, I found the references and notes section very useful indeed as it furthered by understandings of the latent and searing resentment felt by Sunnis towards their present plight. Basically, it's everyone else's fault that they find their society struggling and decadent. Too much focus on history of a bygone era will naturally re [...]

    2. I read this book for the social science style analysis of Islamic fundamentalism. While the dogmatic diatribes were not very engaging, the authors notes on the texts were informative enough to make it worthwhile, especially references to the atrocities the Muslim world has seen in contemporary history, for examples, the civil war in Tajikistan, scapegoating in Burma, wars in Chechnya and Bosnia, massacres in Lebanon (1962?) and Jenin (2002)and the international sanctions around the first Iraq wa [...]

    3. Scholarly yet accessibleUpdate 9/12/2012: This book is more relevant than ever, e.g. see this article on the murder of the US Ambassador to Libya. Ayman al-Zawahiri and Abdullah Azzam are two of the four al-Qaeda members whose writings are profiled in Al Qaeda in Its Own Words. Azzam in particular is worth knowing more about; he was the "preeminent theoretician of global jihad," and the major ideological force behind al-Qaeda and related movements. He's not as well known as Osama bin Laden, but [...]

    4. This is an important work. It provides a collection of literature from four of the principal architects of the Al Qaeda movement. Before each of the four sections, it provides a detailed historical background to set the thinker in a tangible context and prepare the reader who might otherwise be lost in a set of foreign ideas. I recommend it to anyone who sincerely believes it is necessary to understand the other side in the global conflict on terrorism, not just obliterate it.

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