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A professor at Paris’s Institute for Political Studies, Kepel clearly traces the rise of the contemporary Islamist movement from its origins in the midth century through its later appearance in countries such as Jiuad, Algeria and Turkey, as well as in Western Europe. Kepel’s approach is not without weaknesses—in many places around the globe, fundamentalist political Islam has transformed society and politics, even if Islamists have not been able to attain political rule.

JIHAD: The Trail of Political Islam

When the earthquake struck in Tipasa, the FIS had only been in existence for about six months. Most of the robust secular ideas that once circulated in the post-colonial Arab states were exhausted by the middle of the Cold War era.

The first in-depth history of political Islam appropriate for newcomers to Islamic history. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in was good for the Saudi regime.

This kepep much shedding of blood.

One hundred thousand dead is the rough count for the worst period of the war, from to Ali Benhadj, the more charismatic of the two FIS leaders — a young firebrand who travelled by moped from one enthralled congregation of hittistes to the next — called for the formation of Algerian volunteer brigades to fight alongside the Iraqis.

More than half the population was living in cities and unemployment was around 20 per cent. Subscribe to receive information about forthcoming books, seasonal catalogs, and more, in newsletters tailored to your interests. Yet one of the lessons of this book is that wealthy, conservative Islamism of the kind that puts its oil revenues about, along with its theology, can do as much as a Shah or an entrenched party of independence to inspire its radical counterpart.


He trails the Islamist movements that have traversed Europe in recent years, founding radical communities in France, Britain, Germany and Belgium. By the end of the s, the failure to seize political power elsewhere led to a split: As the word of Ibn Taymiyya circulated through the not-quite-modern Muslim world and worked its way back to Riyadh, it acquired an aggressive, anti-Saudi spin by virtue of the growing enthusiasm for the writings of another much later canonical figure, Sayyid Qutb, a Muslim Brother who had been hanged by Nasser in Unlike the majority of their predecessors, FIS officials were on the whole rather fair.

And to take as many enemies with them — spectral enemies included — as they could. Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. Politics and economicsInternational relationspresent, AfricaNorth AfricaAlgeriaReligion and theologyIslamTerrorism.

The FIS was about to be dismantled. This imprecise notion, with which the FIS exposed a substantial sector of the urban middle class to the wrath of the hittistes, was — not unreasonably — construed as a threat.

The Great Unleashing

Despite the fact that it won only 15 per cent of the registered vote, the FLN now has over half the seats in the National Assembly. The digital Loeb Classical Library loebclassics. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. Our recent titles are available via Edelweiss. The usual deplorable Western practices came under scrutiny. It was said that they were propping up walls.

Edward Lear is an apt character to think about at Christmas-time. Meanwhile, inside the country, the presence of coalition troops had polarised public opinion. The writings of Ibn Taymiyya, the 14th-century anti-intellectual and puritan revered by the Wahhabites, were widely distributed during the s and s.

It was partly triumphalism.

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The arrogance of Nasser and Khomeini was nothing compared to this new show of hostility. With the war of October and the oil embargo, however, the balance of power shifted jiad in favour of Riyadh.


The FLN was ploughing a sandy furrow Algeria has sand in abundance: September 11 gave him a new framework, but he sees that event in a way that will surprise and please many who have lately been trying to comprehend the meaning of Islamic politics… An usual commentator on recent events, Professor Kepel is a messenger carrying good news.

When politiacl war in Afghanistan ended, however, the zealotry that was so dear trwil the Wahhabites and their princes once again rebounded on them, as the Arab veterans of the Afghan campaign milled about in Peshawar with nothing to do, and the CIA decided to turn off the tap. Join Our Mailing List: High birth rates in the latter part of the century; unmanageable levels of movement off the land; a post-Independence nationalist model that has failed ths or less badly; a dispossessed urban poor with high expectations nourished by education: At the same time, remittances began to flow back to sender-countries from migrant workers in the Kingdom.

Why for that matter should Hamas, whose leaders sat back cultivating the nails of their little fingers and biding their time until the Israelis had crushed Islamic Jihad early inbe condemned to eternal failure if Arafat goes to the wall, as Bush and Sharon would like — and with him, all the te Palestinians who rally to Fatah by default?

Longing for the Lost Caliphate: Three years later, another kepe the densely packed outskirts of Cairo. The way was open for well-funded, efficient organisations to step in.

Polihical second round was cancelled, the FIS was dissolved and, a few months later, its officials and thousands of its grass-roots supporters were sent to prison camps in the Sahara. That idea is deftly countered in this brilliant and provocative book by a leading French specialist on modern Islam.

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