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Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution
     

Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution

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by Alastair Crooke
 

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ISBN-10: 0745328857

ISBN-13: 9780745328850

Pub. Date: 02/17/2009

Publisher: Pluto Press

This book traces the essence of the Islamist Revolution from its origins in Egypt, through Najaf, Lebanon, Iran and the Iranian Revolution to today. Alastair Crooke presents a compelling account of the ideas and energy which are mobilising the Islamic world.

Crooke argues that the West faces a mass mobilisation against the US-led Western project. The roots of

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This book traces the essence of the Islamist Revolution from its origins in Egypt, through Najaf, Lebanon, Iran and the Iranian Revolution to today. Alastair Crooke presents a compelling account of the ideas and energy which are mobilising the Islamic world.

Crooke argues that the West faces a mass mobilisation against the US-led Western project. The roots of this conflict are described in terms of religious themes that extend back over 500 years. They represent clashing systems of thinking and values. Islamists have a vision for the future of their own societies which would entail radical change from Western norms. Resistance is presented as the means to force Western behaviour to change and to expose the essential differences between the two modes of thinking.

This is a rigourous account that traces the threads of revolution of various movements, including the influence of 'political Shi'ism' and the Iranian Revolution and its impact on Hezbollah and Hamas.

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ISBN-13:
9780745328850
Publisher:
Pluto Press
Publication date:
02/17/2009
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I - Existential Threats
Chapter One: In the Service of God and the Interests of the People
Part II - Ideology of Revolution
Chapter Two: The Awakening of Resistance
Chapter Three: Political Shi'ism
Chapter Four: Social Revolution
Chapter Five: God is a Liberal
Part III - Practising Resistance
Chapter Six: A Culture of Willpower and Reason
Chapter Seven: Refusing Subservience
Part IV - Demonisation
Chapter Eight: Resistance and the normalisation of Injustice

Chapter Nine: The Nature of Power
Conclusion
Chapter Ten: The Limits to the Present
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
timh More than 1 year ago
This is the most informative thing I have ever read on contemporary Islam, recent history of the Middle East, and the nature and origins of the differences and conflict between the Islamists and the West. It challenges and contradicts many, maybe all, of the explicit and implicit interpretations and characterizations of Muslims and Islamists that we read and hear in the news many times a day. It has a good deal of philosophy, Western and Islamic in it, and I can't pretend to understand or evaluate all of it. In many respects, it is a 31 years-later response to Said"'s Orientalism as it presents the Islamic philosophy and position from their own points of view. The one major qualification is that it is written a Brit, not a Muslim Arab. But it contains many references to Arab sources and I intend to pursue some of them before our trip to Jordan and Syria planned for October. One important thing the book does not purport to do is evaluate how well the espoused values of justice, equity and compassion are being realized in areas under Islamist control.