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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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
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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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