Sword of Islam / Edition 1

Sword of Islam / Edition 1

by John F. Murphy, Jr., John Murphy
     
 

ISBN-10: 1591020107

ISBN-13: 9781591020103

Pub. Date: 01/28/2002

Publisher: Prometheus Books

Undoubtedly timely and full of fascinating detail, Sword of Islam is a thorough, well-researched, and revealing account of global Islamic terrorism. A military historian, John F. Murphy Jr. traces the intricate interconnections among various terrorist cells, including Osama Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda and its relationship with the Taliban of Afghanistan, the Muslim

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Undoubtedly timely and full of fascinating detail, Sword of Islam is a thorough, well-researched, and revealing account of global Islamic terrorism. A military historian, John F. Murphy Jr. traces the intricate interconnections among various terrorist cells, including Osama Bin Laden's Al-Qaeda and its relationship with the Taliban of Afghanistan, the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, Islamic Moro extremists in the Philippines, obscure Algerian terrorist groups, and other sympathetic underworld organizations in Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan, and even South America. He also puts recent terrorist attacks in historical context by discussing such key events as the rise of Arab nationalism following Israel's victory in the 1948 war, the Black September killings of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics, the 1976 rescue at Entebbe by Israeli commandos of hostages abducted by German terrorists, the terrorist plots of the infamous "Carlos the Jackal," the bombing of the US Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, and the impact of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the Mujahideen resistance of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in the same year.

This book supplies the answer to the question that has been on the minds of all Americans since September 11: Why do they hate us? Murphy makes it clear that as the chief backer of Israel the United States is seen by extremists as the evil power behind the hated "Zionist enemy." But he also emphasizes that in the final analysis we are the only country with the power to bring these attacks to a halt.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591020103
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments9
A Note on Arabic Spelling13
Introduction15
Ch. 1A Bloody Day on the Barren Rocks of Aden19
Ch. 2The 100th Birthday of the Modern Jihad32
Ch. 3The Rise of Militant Islam63
Ch. 4Islam and Arab Nationalism82
Ch. 5The Zenith of Arab Nationalism96
Ch. 6The Rebirth of Militant Islam111
Ch. 7The United States and Jihad159
Ch. 8On the Road to the Apocalypse?219
Ch. 9September 11, 2001235
Ch. 10"Payback Is a Bitch"293
Ch. 11On to Kabul!326
Ch. 12Beyond the Fighting342
App. IPitfalls on the Hunt for Bin Laden349
App. IITerrorism: Time for a Change355
App. IIIOsama and the Jihad365
Glossary369
Notes381
Selected Bibliography395
Index407

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