The New Threat

The New Threat

The Past, Present, and Future of Islamic Militancy

Book - 2015
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"Jason Burke is one of the world's leading experts on militant Islam. He embedded with the Kurdish peshmerga (currently at war with ISIS) while still in college. He was hanging out with the Taliban in the late 1990s. He witnessed the bombing of Tora Bora in Afghanistan in 2001 firsthand. With the current emergence of ISIS in Iraq and Syria and the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan, no one is as well placed as Burke-whose previous books have been chosen as books of the year by The Economist, the Daily Telegraph, and The Independent-to explain this dramatic post-Al Qaeda phase of Islamic militancy. We are now, he argues, entering a new phase of radical violence that is very different from what has gone before, one that is going to redefine the West's relationship with terrorism and the Middle East. ISIS is not "medieval," as many U.S. national security pundits claim, but, Burke explains, a group whose spectacular acts of terror are a contemporary expression of our highly digitized societies, designed to generate global publicity. In his account, radical Islamic terrorism is not an aberration or "cancer," as some politicians assert; it is an organic part of the modern world. This book will challenge the preconceptions of many American readers and will be hotly debated in national security circles. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : The New Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781620971352
Characteristics: 290 pages : maps ; 22 cm


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This is an exhaustive (and a little exhausting) catalogue of political Islamist (or Islamic in general) terror campaigns, mainly in the West. The author knows all the groups, and has interviewed many of the members. This is a must-read resource for anyone interested in what has happened and what is probably going to happen (both bad) in this sphere of a certain kind of Muslim who wants other Muslims to join in the jihad in the name of Islam, however this is (mis)conceived. This was written by a courageous British journalist. He is far from optimistic about any future decline in Islamic, let alone Islamist militancy, inside (Dar al Islam) or outside (Dar al Harb) the Muslim world.


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