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Allah's Torch: A Report from Behind the Scenes in Asia's War on Terror

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On the front–lines with the building of Al Queda forces in Indonesia both before and after 9/11, written in provocative style by the former Asia bureau chief for Newsweek International.

In Allah's Torch, National Geographic's Tracy Dahlby takes readers into the sprawling, porous, virtually lawless domain of Indonesia, where overlapping lines of radical Islamic rage are now
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Harper Perennial (first published January 1st 2004)
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Karen C.
Jun 02, 2009 Karen C. rated it liked it
The author's intention was to figure out "where Muslim anger came from and where it was taking Indonesia...and possibly the rest of the world as well." It is an interesting look at the Muslim world in Indonesia. We are reminded that there are moderates in all religions, but the real danger lies with poverty, and then corruption, extremism, and hatred becomes good business--particularly when there are no jobs, and so on. Unfortunately, during the Bush years, it's not hard to see why the world hat ...more
Jason Snyder
This is more of a travelogue than actual hard reporting. The first half is basically worthless, as far as any in-depth background of Indonesian terrorism goes. He just writes about how scared he is traveling around the Moluccas, even though nothing happens to him. It's pretty tedious, but it picks up in the second half. He interviews various players in the Indonesian fundamentalist scene, and comes to the conclusion that things aren't always what they seem. It's a quick read for anyone who is in ...more
Mar 28, 2015 Stephen rated it it was amazing
My computer crapped out on me so I'm gonna try this on the iPad, though my gorilla-in-mittens technique of typing may have me abort this mission if it gets too sloppy. Here we go . . .

Empathy is truly a powerful force, and Dahlby has an obvious passion for Indonesia, its culture, and its people. What seemingly begins as a happenstancial travelogue, with elbow-bumping into a prominent Muslim warlord on a ferry filled with jihadis, turns into a deeply humbling and humanistic exploration of Indone
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