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The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global

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Fawaz Gerges book on al Qaeda and the jihadist movement has become a classic in the field since it was published in 2005. Here he argued that far from being an Islamist front united in armed struggle, or jihad against the Christian West, as many misguided political commentators and politicians opined, al Qaeda represented a small faction within the jihadist movement, criti ...more
Paperback, 386 pages
Published April 6th 2009 by Cambridge University Press (first published May 9th 2005)
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John
Apr 22, 2008 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
One thing I learned from the class I'm taking this semester is that political scientists have no freaking clue how to write. What better way to convey complex political / idealogical issues than though hundreds of pages of rambly, chapter-long sentences with unnecessary asides and superfluous footnotes? Better still, repeat yourself copiously in the process! And bring up key, essential players in your narrative with minimal introduction! I've read many books and watched many films about the curr ...more
Luna Selene
This book did not lose its points with me because of its content; it defines the rise and fall of (the lesser, external) jihad as a political tool and its influences through interviews with and documents belonging to leaders and cohorts of historically significant groups like Jama'at al-Islamiyya and Al Qaeda in a very frank, open, and interesting (at least to me) manner. It pulls apart the transformation of jihad from the Afghan War to the disastrous relationship between Osama bin Laden and Aym ...more
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Dec 19, 2015 Cody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book is now considered a bit dated, I would still recommend it for any reader studying al Qaeda, terrorism, and US foreign policy in the Middle East. This book focuses on how al Qaeda attempted to turn jihad from a local struggle to a global one. It's a fascinating story.
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