The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global (Hardback)
  • The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global (Hardback)
zoom

The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global (Hardback)

(author)
£20.99
Hardback 358 Pages / Published: 05/09/2005
  • Not available

This product is currently unavailable

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
Since September 11, Al Qaeda has been portrayed as an Islamist front united in armed struggle, or jihad, against the Christian West. However, as the historian and commentator Fawaz A. Gerges argues, the reality is rather different. In fact, Al Qaeda represents a minority within the jihadist movement, and its strategies have been criticized and opposed by religious nationalists among the jihadis, who prefer to concentrate on changing the Muslim world rather than taking the fight global. Based on primary field research, the author unravels the story of the jihadist movement and explores its philosophies, its structure, the rifts and tensions that split its ranks, and why some members, like Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, favored international over local strategies in taking the war to the West. Gerges asks where the jihadist movement is going, and whether it can be transformed into a non-violent, socio-political force.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521791403
Number of pages: 358
Weight: 615 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'In this well-grounded and ... 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.' 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.' Fred Halliday, London School of Economics and author of Two Hours that Shook the World and 100 Myths About Islam
'Those interested in jihadist thought should consider Fawaz A. Gerges's The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global, a well-researched account of how the Islamist movement is riven by ideological disputes and petty feuds.' Peter Bergen, author of The Osama Bin Laden I Know, Washington Post
"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." Choice
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

You may also be interested in...

The Churchill Factor
Added to basket
Making Sense of the Troubles
Added to basket
A Spy Among Friends
Added to basket
The Prince
Added to basket
£10.00
Hardback
On Anarchism
Added to basket
£6.00
Paperback
The Prince
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
MI6
Added to basket
MI6
£10.99
Paperback
This Changes Everything
Added to basket
Capital
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Social Contract
Added to basket
The Communist Manifesto
Added to basket
The Prince
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Righteous Mind
Added to basket
I Am Malala
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
On Liberty
Added to basket
£5.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.