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A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America

by Malise Ruthven

Publisher: Granta UK
Pages: 352
Paperback
ISBN: 9781862075733






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Overview of A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America

The terrorist attacks on New York and Washington were carried out by men steeped in a certain Islamic ideology, which has come to be called Islamism. In A Fury for God, Malise Ruthven first reconstructs the events of September 11 and the war in Afghanistan. He traces the role of the idea of "jihad" and examines the permissibility of suicide in Islam, and reconstructs the world view of Islamist intellectuals like Sayyid Qutb, the Egyptian thinker who has influenced an entire generation of radicals in the Arab world, notably Osama bin Laden. He also shows that it would be a mistake to treat these people as medieval fanatics—their attitude to modernity is dangerous and ambivalent. And in a changing analysis, the author exposes the crucial importance of the Saudi connection, the massive sponsorship of "fundamentalism" by an authoritarian tribal regime that has been tolerated by the international community for the sake of Western economic stability. Ruthven's identification of the ambiguities in Western policy is powerfully provocative.

Synopsis of A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America

In A Fury for God—now updated with a new analysis of the "War on Terror" and U.S. policies in Afghanistan and Iraq—Malise Ruthven, eminent scholar of Islamic history and Middle Eastern affairs, traces the religious and intellectual background behind the terrorist attacks of September 11th.

Publishers Weekly

Much in this book will, as the author admits, be familiar the events of September 11, the idea of jihad but former BBC journalist and scholar Ruthven is worth reading for the occasional stunning insight he offers into the psychology underlying terrorism by drawing on less well-known scholarship. He asserts, for instance, that the motivations of suicide attackers are not naive faith or "Islamic heroism, but... Nietzschean despair" a frustration with the world's refusal to conform to the right path laid down by God. (Sept. 26) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Publishers Weekly

Much in this book will, as the author admits, be familiar the events of September 11, the idea of jihad but former BBC journalist and scholar Ruthven is worth reading for the occasional stunning insight he offers into the psychology underlying terrorism by drawing on less well-known scholarship. He asserts, for instance, that the motivations of suicide attackers are not naive faith or "Islamic heroism, but... Nietzschean despair" a frustration with the world's refusal to conform to the right path laid down by God. (Sept. 26) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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