Two Hours that Shook the World: September 11, 2001: Causes and Consequences [NOOK Book]

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As the dust settled around the devastation of the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on 11 September 2001, a host of questions emerged surrounding the attacks, the motives behind them and their future implications. In Two Hours that Shook the World Fred Halliday expands on the many socio-cultural, religious and political problems that have plagued the Middle East and Central Asia in the last half-century. Much has been written about ‘global terrorism’ and the need to eliminate it but also about the divide ...
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Two Hours that Shook the World: September 11, 2001: Causes and Consequences

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As the dust settled around the devastation of the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on 11 September 2001, a host of questions emerged surrounding the attacks, the motives behind them and their future implications. In Two Hours that Shook the World Fred Halliday expands on the many socio-cultural, religious and political problems that have plagued the Middle East and Central Asia in the last half-century. Much has been written about ‘global terrorism’ and the need to eliminate it but also about the divide between East and West, the ‘clash of civilisations’. Halliday dispels the idea that the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds are poised for conflict. He explains the causes and rise of Islamic fundamentalism, how terror became an instrument of political and military conflict, and why seemingly well-educated and sane individuals are taking drastic actions to voice their desperation. The burden of history is also invoked, as with the Palestinian-Israeli situation, the festering malaise at the heart of Middle Eastern consciousness and identity. While Halliday’s book examines the causes of what has happened, it also provides a reasoned approach as to what the future may hold. 'By far the best book on the catastrophe of 11 September.' The Observer 'Cuts the proverbial ice.' The Daily Star 'Sober and balanced.' John Gray, New Statesman 'To understand 11 September we need a broader context and Halliday is up to the task ... He reveals his true calibre.' Ziauddin Sardar, Independent
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Library Journal
Middle East scholar Halliday (London Sch. of Economics; Islam and the Myth of Confrontation) would disagree with the popular press's depiction of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon as a monolith called Islam confronting another monolith called the West. Only the first and last essays in this nuanced collection were written after the attack. For the rest of the book, Halliday has cobbled together previous writings on the "West Asian crisis" (covering the crescent from Palestine to Pakistan), the many natures of terrorism, and the West's long history of "anti-Muslimism." These essays are richly illustrated with both historical and contemporary analogies that will appeal to an erudite reader. At first glance, some essays may appear unrelated to the September 11 attack, but in fact they help give the terrible events a kind of context. Informed readers will find this collection helpful. Marcia L. Sprules, Council on Foreign Relations Lib., New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863567292
  • Publisher: Saqi
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 662 KB

Meet the Author

Fred Halliday is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and author of numerous books. A leading authority on superpower relations, development issues, the Middle East and IR theory, he is a prolific lecturer and broadcaster.

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Table of Contents

List of Appendices 8
Keywords 9
Introduction: Political Violence and the Claims of Reason 23
1 September 11, 2001 and the Greater West Asian Crisis 31
2 Fundamentalism and Political Power 51
3 Violence and Communal Conflict: Terrorism 'from Above' and 'from Below' 69
4 Anti-Muslimism: A Short History 87
5 Confusing the Issue: 'Islamophobia' Reconsidered 121
6 Oslo 1993: A Possible Peace 133
7 A Decade after Invasion: The Unease of Kuwait 139
8 Iran: The Islamic Republic at the Crossroads 151
9 Saudi Arabia: A Family Business in Trouble 159
10 The Other Stereotype: America and its Critics 167
11 Global Inequality and Global Rancour 175
12 'Islam' and the 'West': Cultural Conflict and International Relations 193
Conclusion: Causes and Consequences 213
Appendices 217
Notes 237
Index 248
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