Treading on Hallowed Ground: Counterinsurgency Operations in Sacred Spaces (Hardback)
  • Treading on Hallowed Ground: Counterinsurgency Operations in Sacred Spaces (Hardback)
zoom

Treading on Hallowed Ground: Counterinsurgency Operations in Sacred Spaces (Hardback)

(editor), (editor)
£94.00
Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 08/01/2009
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
After America's Iraq adventure devolved into a debacle, a chorus of commentators and analysts noted that the U.S. military had no plan to fight a counterinsurgency campaign. Given the failure of conventional tactics, America in the last two years has redoubled its efforts to develop a new strategy to fight the Iraqi insurgency, and has gone so far to place our leading counterinsurgency expert, General David Petraeus, in charge of the Iraq theater. In sum, there seems to be a growing consensus that for better or worse, counterinsurgency will be a core tactic in future American military campaigns. Iraq, of course, presents special problems to the U.S. because of the intensity of religious belief and sectarianism. How do we fight against an insurgency that so often strategically positions itself on 'hallowed ground'-mosques and shrines? Yet Iraq is not unique. As the contributors to Treading on Hallowed Ground show, counterinsurgency efforts on religiously contentious terrain is a widespread phenomenon in recent times, ranging from North Africa to Central and Southeast Asia. Here, C. Christine Fair and Sumit Ganguly have assembled an impressive group of experts to explore the most important counterinsurgency efforts in sacred spaces in our era: churches in Israel, mosques and shrines in Iraq, the Sikh Golden Temple in India, mosques and temples in Kashmir, the Krue Se Mosque in Thailand, and the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia. Taken together, the essays comprise the first comprehensive account of this increasingly pivotal component of contemporary war.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195342031
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 460 g
Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"This smart, well-executed set of essays should interest not only tacticians of counterinsurgency warfare but anyone seeking to understand how politicized religion confronts the practical dilemmas of struggling for power"--Jack Snyder, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations, Columbia University
"When insurgent or terrorist use the shield of holy places as a weapon of war, how should governments respond? Treading on Hallowed Ground is the best book to appear on this subject. Readers will find clear thinking, clear writing, and complete coverage of relevant history in these pages. This volume will be must reading for all students of counterinsurgency and counter-terror strategy."--Stephen Van Evera, Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"This smart, well-executed set of essays should interest not only tacticians of counterinsurgency warfare but anyone seeking to understand how politicized religion confronts the practical dilemmas of struggling for power"--Jack Snyder, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations, Columbia University


"When insurgent or terrorist use the shield of holy places as a weapon of war, how should governments respond? Treading on Hallowed Ground is the best book to appear on this subject. Readers will find clear thinking, clear writing, and complete coverage of relevant history in these pages. This volume will be must reading for all students of counterinsurgency and counter-terror strategy."--Stephen Van Evera, Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"Christine Fair and Sumit Ganguly have done an admirable job.... Thanks to this book...we can now identify some valuable lessons that warrant our attention."--Small Wars Journal


"



"This smart, well-executed set of essays should interest not only tacticians of counterinsurgency warfare but anyone seeking to understand how politicized religion confronts the practical dilemmas of struggling for power"--Jack Snyder, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations, Columbia University


"When insurgent or terrorist use the shield of holy places as a weapon of war, how should governments respond? Treading on Hallowed Ground is the best book to appear on this subject. Readers will find clear thinking, clear writing, and complete coverage of relevant history in these pages. This volume will be must reading for all students of counterinsurgency and counter-terror strategy."--Stephen Van Evera, Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"Christine Fair and Sumit Ganguly have done an admirable job.... Thanks to this book...we can now identify some valuable lessons that warrant our attention."--Small Wars Journal


You may also be interested in...

The Sociology Book
Added to basket
DK
£17.99
Hardback
The Book of Tea
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Sex and Punishment
Added to basket
Eroticism
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Bruno Latour
Added to basket
£21.99
Paperback
Development as Freedom
Added to basket
Steaming In
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Small Is Beautiful
Added to basket
City of Sin
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
AQA A Level Sociology: Book 2
Added to basket
Sex at Dawn
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
Mortality
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Violence
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.