Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution

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This book traces the essence and human spirit of the Islamist revolution from its origins in Egypt, via the Iranian Revolution to today's Hamas and Hesballah. Alastair Crooke presents a compelling account of the ideas and energy animating the Islamic world, and asks where this comes from and what it means.
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"Crooke's mission in this erudite, and most readable, book is to reassure the White Folks in George Bush's America (and elsewhere in the world) that Hamas, Hezbollah and the seemingly menacing Islamic governments in Iran and elsewhere are not the enemies of the West. His mission is to educate us about the history and philosophy of the Islamic world, and its various factions, and to show how peaceful coexistence is more than possible, if the yahoos who have been running the Global War on Terror would take the time to learn, and find ways to talk. Be forewarned, however — this is not 'Islam for Dummies,' but a scholarly and closely argued critique of what passes for Western diplomacy today." — Seymour M. Hersh, the New Yorker magazine

"This book is required reading at a time when alternative perspectives on the causes of global terrorism and new Western diplomatic initiatives urgently need to replace the failed policies of the Bush administration-led 'War on Global Terrorism' ." — John Esposito, University Professor, Georgetown University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745328850
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 2/17/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 320,107
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alastair Crooke was advisor to EU High Representative, Solana, in the Middle East, 1997-2003. He was involved in facilitating a series of de-escalations of violence and military withdrawals in Palestine with Islamist movements from 2000-2003 and the end to the Bethlehem Church of the Nativity seige. He was a staff member of the Mitchell Committee into the causes of the Intifada in 2000. He is Director and founder of Conflicts Forum.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Political Movements vii

Prominent Figures xii

Introduction 1

Part I

1 In the Service of God and the Interests of the People 39

Part II

2 The Awakening of Resistance 65

3 Political Shi'ism 86

4 Social Revolution 110

5 God is a Liberal 138

Part III

6 A Culture of Willpower and Reason 165

7 Refusing Subservience 192

Part IV

8 Resistance and the Normalisation of Injustice 219

9 The Nature of Power 239

10 The Limits to the Present 266

Epilogue 283

Notes 285

Index 297

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

    Resistance by Alastair Crooke - An Explanation of Islam's Criticisms of and Conflicts with the West

    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.

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