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A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America

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The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington were carried out by men steeped in a certain Islamic ideology, which has come to be called Islamism. In A Fury for God, Malise Ruthven first reconstructs the events of September 11 and the war in Afghanistan. He traces the role of the idea of "jihad" and examines the permissibility of suicide in Islam, and reconstructs the w ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Granta UK (first published 2002)
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Outstanding. Using his deep knowledge of Arabic language and history, and the Quran, as well as beautiful prose, Malise Ruthven (one of the foremost Western experts on Islam and Islamism) dissects the motivation, justification, and ramifications of that day in September when the world changed forever. Tracing the roots of jihad from the foundation of Islam itself, to the experiences of Sayyid Qutb (regarded as the founder of modern Islamism), Professor Ruthven shows how a combination of social a ...more
Very detailed historic account of why Religious Zealots abound in modern society and book was released just a few months after the events that took place on 9/11.

Apparently there was an update volume released in 2004.

The Koran is one of those religious texts that can be read in so many different ways. It's all-empowering word does state to kill all infidels who do not take Islam lightly. This battle has been going on already for centuries and with the Jewish interests using the guise of Religion
Marc Nash
Takes a bit of sifting through, but what was in the mind of the 9/11 bombers is all laid out and while you might not gree with them and the conclusions they drew, you ought at least to be able to see how they thought.
Don't remember this that well, but I found it very interesting.
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Malise Ruthven is the author of Islam in the World, The Divine Supermarket: Shopping for God in America, A Satanic Affair: Salman Rushdie and the Wrath of Islam and several other books. His Islam: A Very Short Introduction has been published in several languages, including Chinese, Korean, Romanian, Polish, Italian and German. His most recent book, A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America, e ...more
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