Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden

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Verso, 2005 - Political Science - 292 pages
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Despite the saturation of global media coverage, Osama bin Laden's own writings have been curiously absent from analysis of the "war on terror." Over the last ten years, bin Laden has issued a series of carefully tailored public statements, from interviews with Western and Arabic journalists to faxes and video recordings. These texts supply evidence crucial to an understanding of the bizarre mix of Quranic scholarship, CIA training, punctual interventions in Gulf politics and messianic anti-imperialism that has formed the programmatic core of Al Qaeda.

In bringing together the various statements issued under bin Laden's name since 1994, this volume forms part of a growing discourse that seeks to demythologize the terrorist network. Newly translated from the Arabic, annotated with a critical introduction by Islamic scholar Bruce Lawrence, this collection places the statements in their religious, historical and political context. It shows how bin Laden's views draw on and differ from other strands of radical Islamic thought; it also demonstrates how his arguments vary in degrees of consistency, and how his evasions concerning the true nature and extent of his own group, and over his own role in terrorist attacks, have contributed to the perpetuation of his personal mythology.
  

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Review: Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden

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Review: Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden

User Review  - Angel - Goodreads

The good thing about this book, besides the text of Osama's words and messages, is that it is very well annotated. Anytime Osama uses references to the Qu'ran or other Islamic works, it is identified ... Read full review

Contents

THE BETRAYAL OF PALESTINE
3
THE INVASION OF ARABIA
15
DECLARATION OP JIHAD
23
THE SAUDI REGIME
31
FROM SOMALIA TO AFGHANISTAN
44
THE WORLD ISLAMIC FRONT
58
THE WINDS OF FAITH
103
WAR IN AFGHANISTAN 20012002
133
TO THE ALLIES OF AMERICA
173
WAR IN IRAQ 20032004
177
TO THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ
179
AMONG A BAND OF KNIGHTS
186
QUAGMIRES OF THE TIGRIS AND EUPHRATES
207
RESIST THE NEW ROME
212
TO THE PEOPLES OF EUROPE
233
THE TOWERS OF LEBANON
237

THE EXAMPLE OF VIETNAM
139
NINETEEN STUDENTS
145
TO THE PEOPLE OF AFGHANISTAN
158
TO THE AMERICANS
160
DEPOSE THE TYRANTS
245
Further reading
277
Index
279
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About the author (2005)

Osama bin Laden is a member of the prominent Saudi bin Laden family and the founding leader of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda.

Bruce Lawrence is the Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor of Religion at Duke University. He is the author of New Faiths, Old Fears: Muslims and Other Asian Immigrants in American Religious Life, Shattering the Myth, and Defenders of God: The Fundamentalist Revolt Against the Modern Age.

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