Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden
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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Notable for its scope and comprehensiveness, this collection of 24 newly translated public statements by Osama bin Laden offers a nuanced and revealing view of Public Enemy No. 1. Best suited for ... Read full review
Reading Osama bin Laden’s latest pseudo-literary message to the world, it is striking the extent to which this celebrity terrorist of the MTV era speaks through Western dummies rather than in his own voice...
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THE BETRAYAL OF PALESTINE
THE INVASION OF ARABIA
DECLARATION OP JIHAD
THE SAUDI REGIME
FROM SOMALIA TO AFGHANISTAN
THE WORLD ISLAMIC FRONT
THE WINDS OF FAITH
WAR IN AFGHANISTAN 20012002
TO THE ALLIES OF AMERICA
WAR IN IRAQ 20032004
TO THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ
AMONG A BAND OF KNIGHTS
QUAGMIRES OF THE TIGRIS AND EUPHRATES
RESIST THE NEW ROME
TO THE PEOPLES OF EUROPE
THE TOWERS OF LEBANON