Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World

Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World

by Robin Wright
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Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World by Robin Wright

A decade after the 9/11 attacks, this groundbreaking book takes readers deep into rebellions against both autocrats and extremists that are redefining politics, culture, and security threats across the Islamic world. The awakening involves hundreds of millions of people. And the political transformations— and tectonic changes—are only beginning.

Robin Wright, an acclaimed foreign correspondent and television commentator, has covered the region for four decades. She witnessed the full cycle, from extremism’s angry birth and globalization to the rise of new movements transforming the last bloc of countries to hold out against democracy. Now, in Rock the Casbah, she chronicles the new order being shaped by youthinspired revolts toppling leaders, clerics repudiating al Qaeda, playwrights and poets crafting messages of a counter-jihad, comedians ridiculing militancy, hip-hop rapping against guns and bombs, and women mobilizing for their own rights.

This new counter-jihad has many goals. For some, it’s about reforming the faith. For others, it’s about reforming political systems. For most, it’s about achieving basic rights. The common denominator is the rejection of venomous ideologies and suicide bombs, plane hijackings, hostage-takings, and mass violence to achieve those ends.

Wright captures a stunning moment in history, one of the region’s four key junctures—along with Iran’s revolution, Israel’s creation, and the Ottoman Empire’s collapse—in a century. The notion of a clash of civilizations is increasingly being replaced by a commonality of civilizations in the twenty-first century. But she candidly details both the possibilities and pitfalls ahead. The new counter-jihad is imaginative and defiant, but Muslim societies are also politically inexperienced and economically challenged.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439123065
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 487,357
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Robin Wright has reported from more than a 140 countries on six continents for The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, the International Herald Tribune, and others and is a frequent television commentator on foreign affairs. Her books include Rock the Casbah, Dreams and Shadows, The Last Great Revolution, Sacred Rage, and Flashpoints.

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NomadGorman More than 1 year ago
Somehow, back in 2011, when Robin Wright's enlightening book, "Rock the Casbah" was first published, I missed it! Then Ms. Wright was a panelist on Fareed Zakaria's GPS program on CNN and I realized this was a Must Read book! Her epic work deftly summarizes the modern history of the Middle East, interprets and analyzes the evolution of political Islam and the basis for the use of terrorism to carry out jihad. She goes on to provide what The Economist termed a "corrective" to the impression that prevails in most media news reports that there are no voices of tolerant, peace-loving Muslims. Through her conversations with poets, dramatists, bloggers, rappers, comedians, movie makers, and feminists, she shows that those voices are there, struggling to be heard. Since these counter-jihad voices have been directed mostly toward the rest of the Muslim world, perhaps we can be excused for not knowing of their existence. And, after all, it is the rest of the Muslim World who must be convinced that not only are the acts of terror not been effective, as evidenced by the continuing poverty, unemployment, war, and violence in the Middle East, but that these acts of terror have done much to damage the reputation of this great religion and it's followers in the eyes of the rest of the world. I find it significant that the more dramatic episodes of atrocity and cruelty perpetrated by the extreme jihadists, such as ISIS have reached a level that has caused the counter-jihad voices to become more frequent and more vehement. I look forward to Ms. Wright's observations as these events continue. Ms. Wright has written an essential book for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Islamic world as it is today and its a good read, too!
AbdosGirl More than 1 year ago
A must read!
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