The Road to Al-Qaeda: The Story of bin Laden's Right-Hand Man

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Overview

The Road to Al-Qaeda is a controversial book. Written by an Egyptian human rights lawyer, it is the first English-language account of the development of tensions between violent and non-violent factions in radical Islamist movements, from the perspective of an insider. It is also a biography of one of the world's most-wanted terrorists: Egyptian-born Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri. Widely recognized as the man who will take over the leadership of Al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden, he is also the reputed architect of the Riyadh bombings in Saudi Arabia.The original version of this book sold widely across the Arabic world. Reproduced in translation here, with an extensive introduction from distinguished scholar Ibrahim Abu Rabi, it stands alone as an unrivalled account of the divisions within militant Islamist ideology. The author provides insight into the internal politics of Islamic Jihad, and the radicalisation of bin Laden's deputy; he examines Zawahiri's opposition to efforts by other militant Islamists to call a ceasefire with the Egyptian authorities; and he narrates the redirection of Zawahiri's activities towards the US and Israel.As an insight into one of the key minds behind Al-Qaeda this book makes unparalleled and disturbing reading. It is an important document for anyone who seeks to understand how a minority extremist ideology came to have such an impact on world events.— Biography of the leading mind behind Al-Qaeda and one of the world's most-wanted terrorists— Written by an Islamist, it provides a unique insight into radical Islam from an insider's viewpoint— Extensive introduction from leading Islamic scholar sets explains the context and background to the book— First English-language account of an Arabic bestseller— Ideal for anyone who wants a non-Western perspective on the internal debates of Islamic activism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745321769
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 1/20/2004
  • Series: Critical Studies on Islam Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.02 (w) x 7.28 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Montasser al-Zayyat joined the Islamic movement in Egypt in 1974. He was arrested in the Jihad Case following the assassination of former President Anwar al-Sadat in 1982. After the trial, his activities as an Islamist shifted to defending Islamists in Egyptian courts. He adopted and promoted the peaceful approach to effecting change in Egypt, through reconciliation between Islamists and the Egyptian authorities.Ahmed Fekry (the original translator) is a journalist on the Middle East Times and a graduate student at the American University in Cairo (AUC).

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Table of Contents

Series Preface
Notes on the English Language Edition
Preface
Introduciton 1
1 The Aristocrat as Fundamentalist 15
2 The Aftermath of Sadat's Assassination 29
3 Afghanistan: Land of Jihad 48
4 Changes in Zawahiri's Ideology: The Near and Far Enemies 60
5 The Ceasefire Initiative of the Gama'a al-Islamiyya 73
6 Islamists Pay for Zawahiri's Mistakes 93
7 Executing a Boy and Killing a Prominent Group Leader 103
8 The Struggle Continues 111
Notes 124
Index 132
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    Understanding the Motivations

    The author al-Zayyat has been within the networks of Islamic fundamentalist and currently works as a lawyer for 'fundamentalist' and others within Egypt. If you desire to better understand the motivations and historical developments of al-Queda and Islamic Jihad this book give you that with an insiders perspective. Too many books are being written by people from the west who have had very little exposure to the complexities of Middle Eastern history, it's authoritarian governments and economic difficulties. This book is a must read for those who desire to know more about the development of fundamentalism within Islam and it's leaders such as Zawahiri.

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