Al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam

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I.B.Tauris, Oct 1, 2004 - Political Science - 355 pages
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Award-winning reporter Jason Burke shows how the threat from Islamic terrorism comes not from a single criminal mastermind, or even from one group. In this revealing account, he characterizes it is a broad movement with profound roots in the politics, societies and history of the Islamic world. Using hundreds of interviews and thousands of documents, Burke shows how "Al-Qaeda" is a convenient label applied misleadingly to a diverse, disorganized global movement dedicated to fighting a "cosmic battle" with the West. This is the definitive account of the mysterious organization, retelling its story from scratch and challenging many myths that threaten the very foundations of the "War on Terror."
  

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Review: Al Qaeda: The True Story Of Radical Islam

User Review  - Oliver - Goodreads

Read this yonks ago, but never got around to reviewing it, actually had to reread bits of it recently to remind myself. My edition is the 2007 volume, so it covers the 7/7 bombings but obviously came ... Read full review

Review: Al Qaeda: The True Story Of Radical Islam

User Review  - Matthew Ciaravino - Goodreads

Very interesting analysis of Islamic Militancy which reveals the true nature of 'Al-Qaeda' and how our current means of defeating it need to be altered. Read full review

Contents

What is alQaeda?
11 September Terror and Islam
20
Radicals
39
Mujahideen
54
Heroes
70
Militants
85
Terror
99
Seekers
114
The Millennium Plot
196
The Holy War Foundation
211
11 September
232
The War on Terror
252
Conclusion
275
Notes
291
Glossary
326
Militants and Radical Ideologues
330

Home
134
Flight
141
Struggle
156
Global Jihad
177
Select Bibliography
337
Index
343
Copyright

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Islam in the World
Malise Ruthven
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About the author (2004)

Jason Burke is the prize-winning Chief Reporter for The Observer, London. He saw many of the key events described in this book at first hand.

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