Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy

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In a book that is both deeply personal and brilliantly illuminating, renowned Middle Eastern expert and media commentator Fawaz Gerges takes us into the mindset of the jihadi-or holy warrior-that lies behind so many front-page headlines yet remains nearly impenetrable. Even before the 9/11 attacks, Gerges had gone in search of those in the Arab world whose lives were devoted to this crusade of hatred, first against their own secular governments, then against the West and the United States in particular. He talked extensively with Kamal al-Said Habib, a founder of the Jihadist Movement. Using Habib's life story, as well as the stories of dozens of other Islamic fundamentalists, Gerges's book puts a human face to events in the Middle East over the last thirty years, from the civil war in Lebanon-which Gerges experienced firsthand-to the war in Iraq and the terrorist attacks in London. Behind the jihadism of Habib and others, a battle is being waged for the soul of Islam itself. This important and powerful work will join the ranks of those by Thomas Friedman, Fareed Zakaria, and Bernard Lewis; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 312 pages; Description: 312 p. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 288-292) and index. Subjects: Terrorism --Religious aspects --Islam. Jihad. Islamic fundamentalism

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Renowned Middle Eastern expert Fawaz A. Gerges takes us into the mind-set of the jihadi--or holy warrior--that lies behind so many headlines yet remains nearly impenetrable to us. Using his firsthand knowledge of the "Arab street," he brings to life the stories of Kamal al-Said Habib, a founder of the Jihadist Movement, as well as dozens of other Islamic fundamentalists, as they struggle with the battle being waged for the soul of Islam.Journey of the Jihadist puts a human face to events of the last thirty years--from the civil war in Lebanon to the war in Iraq to the conflict in Lebanon today. This important work, now with a new afterword addressing the rise of Hezbollah, will join the ranks of those by Thomas L. Friedman, Fareed Zakaria, and Bernard Lewis.

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PRAISE FOR JOURNEY OF THE JIHADIST"Many of the shortcomings of the war on terrorism can be viewed as stemming from the failure to understand the motives and belief systems of jihadist Muslims . . . Fortunately, there are academics like Fawaz Gerges."THE VILLAGE VOICE"This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the world of militant Islama subject that has never seemed more relevant."MARY ANNE WEAVER, author of PAKISTAN: IN THE SHADOW OF JIHAD AND AFGHANISTAN"

PRAISE FOR JOURNEY OF THE JIHADIST
"Many of the shortcomings of the war on terrorism can be viewed as stemming from the failure to understand the motives and belief systems of jihadist Muslims . . . Fortunately, there are academics like Fawaz Gerges." THE VILLAGE VOICE
"This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the world of militant Islam a subject that has never seemed more relevant." MARY ANNE WEAVER, author of PAKISTAN: IN THE SHADOW OF JIHAD AND AFGHANISTAN"

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