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God Has Ninety-Nine Names: Reporting from a Militant Middle East

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God Has Ninety-Nine Names is a gripping, authoritative account of the epic battle between modernity and militant Islam that is is reshaping the Middle East.
Judith Miller, a reporter who has covered the Middle east for twenty years, takes us inside the militant Islamic movements in ten countries: Egypt,
Paperback, 576 pages
Published May 16th 1997 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1996)
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Martha Fedorowicz
Feb 12, 2014 Martha Fedorowicz rated it it was amazing
While this book was published in 1996 and is therefore not the most up to date account of Middle Eastern politics and militancy, it is still an incredible reporting of this region of the world and provides vast insights into the trajectory that this region of the world is on. Miller's candid interviews with people across the region, combined with a vivid analysis of on the ground events, provide the reader with a comprehensive look at the different forms that militancy has taken over the past 20 ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Carole rated it really liked it
While her style was a bit hard to take at times (throwing in a lot of new first hand accounts and interviews in the last few pages of many chapters), it was worth reading.

The premise of learning about Middle Eastern countries (Iran, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon) through their religious histories and inclinations instead of focusing only or even mostly on political institutions was a great idea.

Each of these countries is unique. There is a difference between Hezbol
Jan 17, 2010 Cem rated it liked it
For 1997, before anyone gave a damn about the Middle East apart from Israel-Palestine ranters and specialists, this was a great introduction to the region for an American audience.

Looking at it now among the shelf-buckling piles of books on the Muslim world, post 9/11 fluff, and academic prancing... it's still a pretty good book, as an intro. Great impressions of "Islamism" across a number of countries and general overview of the region(s) from a Cairo bureau chief.

You can hate on Judith Miller
Dec 08, 2013 Antigone rated it liked it
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A correspondent for The New York Times since 1977, Judith Miller has here compiled her views (pre-9/11) on the political status of ten Middle Eastern countries. Experience has gifted her with a great deal of complex information, making this a difficult read for those without a basic understanding of the region. (Best sections: Syria, Jordan and Iran.) One is left to wonder if Ms. Miller, with her boots-on-the-ground expertise and informed insight of Islamic militancy, could miss the impending th ...more
This was my first go-to book on learning about politics and culture in the middle east. Each chapter covers a country, and it was a great reference. I'm giving it 3 starts instead of 5 because journalist, Judith Miller, was later involved in a scandal over the Weapons of Mass Distruction in Irag where her stories were determined to be inaccurate and often, outright false. That's disappointing and makes one wonder about the accuracy in this book. I still think it's worth a read and has a lot of u ...more
Douglas Tatelman
This is a foundation book for anyone trying to understand the news in Middle East. Sure, it's almost twenty years old, but everything Judith writes about had a direct influence on what's going on today.

The fight to control radical Islam is an old one. In this book you can see all the different methods that have been tried and how they sometimes worked for a while.

Highly recommended. I wish Ms Miller would write more.
Jul 03, 2008 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
I have been reading on this book for several years now and have finally finished it. Although I often became confused by and overwhelmed with the amount of information included inthe book, Ms. Miller has presented a well-researched look into the development of radical Islamism in the Middle East.
Aug 18, 2012 Annie rated it it was amazing
If you love history you'll like this one. It's imformative and chilling!
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