War without End

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This book provides the historical and political context to explain acts of terror, including the September 11th, and the bombing of American Embassies in Nairobi and Dar as Salaam and the West's responses. Providing a brief history of Islam as a religion and as socio-political ideology, Dilip Hiro goes on to outline the Islamist movements that have thrived in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, and their changing relationship with America. It is within this framework that the rising menace of Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaida network is discussed.

The Pentagon's amazingly swift victory over the Taliban in Afghanistan is examined along with implications of the Bush Doctrine, encapsulated in his declaration, 'so long as anybody is terrorizing established governments, there needs to be a war' - a recipe for war without end.

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Editorial Reviews

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'The strength of Hiro's book lies in his providing a clear context for events, thus illustrating the extent and depth of the crisis that now exists between the Islamists led, inspired or influenced by bin Laden and the Western nations now at war with him.' - The Financial Times

'This is an immensely useful compendium of the background to the new world that we face ... it should become compulsory reading, not so much for the diplomatic professionals, but for their political masters.' - Middle East International

'Hiro uses simple argument and backs it with a mathematician's logic.' - The Hindu

Thomas W. Lippman
Dilip Hiro's War Without End puts the bin Laden story and all Islam-based terrorism into the broadest possible context, beginning with a biographical sketch of the prophet Muhammad, and tracing the phenomenon of militant dissent through Islamic history… War Without End is valuable in explaining and weaving together the various schools of thought, organizations and historical events that together recount the history of 'fundamentalist' violence.
Washington Post
Hussein, Mushahid
One of the most analytical and well informed books to emerge after September 11, 2001.
Michael Kerrigan
Of these [scholars and journalistic commentators of real intelligence and experience], Dilip Hiro has been one of the most informative and insightful, and his riveting new book can claim to be essential reading.
Mark Huband
The strength of Hiro's book lies in his providing a clear context of events, thus illustrating the extent of the crisis that now exists between Islamists, led, inspired and influenced by Bin Laden, and the Western nations now at war with him.
Financial Times
George Joffe
Comprehensive and relevant... it consists of a meticulous assembling of the facts to support inevitable conclusions which, thereby, gain even greater force... This is an immensely useful compendium of the background to the new world that we face... It should become compulsory reading.
Middle East International
Publishers Weekly
Also a journalist, who has reported on the Middle East and Central Asia for 20 years, Hiro offers a deeper and broader study, including the history of Islam and the beginning of its modern confrontation with the West in the 19th century. Then he focuses on how fundamentalist Islam developed in three countries Egypt, Saudia Arabia and Afghanistan and ends with a reasoned argument as to why America's present course may lead to "war without end." Maps, illus. (Sept. 16) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415288026
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Islam 1. The Rise of Islam: Sunnis and Shias 2. Orthodox Islam and Sufism 3. Islam in Modern Times Part 2: Islamic Ideologies and Fundamentalist States 4. Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoots 5. Saudi Arabia: The Oldest Fundamentalist State 6. Afghanistan: Fundamentalism Victorious with American Backing Part 3: Islamist Terrorism and Global Response 9. Ongoing War Against Terror: An Uncharted Territory 10. Summary and Conclusions

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