GILLES KEPEL JIHAD THE TRAIL OF POLITICAL ISLAM PDF

Biography[ edit ] Originally trained as a classicist, he started to study Arabic after a journey to the Levant in He first graduated in Philosophy and English , [5] then completed his Arabic language studies at the French Institute in Damascus —78 , and received his degree from Sciences Po in This was the first book in any language to analyze contemporary Islamist militancy, and it remains a standard reader to this day in universities worldwide. He then turned to the compared study of political-religious movements in Islam, Judaism and Christianity , and published in The Revenge of God, [9] a best-selling book which was translated in 19 languages. He used the library facilities at NYU and Columbia to prepare the bibliography for his best-selling book Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam based on two years of fieldwork in the Muslim World from Indonesia to Africa, which came out in English in , and was translated in a dozen languages. Kepel answered his critics with his travelogue Bad Moon Rising in

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At the heart of his analysis are two main insights:1 Only when Islamist movements can united the "devout bourgeoisie", the young urban poor the "disinherited ones" and the religious clerics can they achieve success. Such an outcome is difficult to achieve given the tension inherent between these different groups though Kepel provides a panoramic account of various incarnations of "political Islam" across the Arab and North African world outlining how and why events have unfolded as they did.

Such an outcome is difficult to achieve given the tension inherent between these different groups though one notable past success occurred in Iran where a broad coalition was built under the tutelage of Khomeini. However, Kepel argues, such success has proved fleeting and the Iranian revolution has stagnated ever since. They lack capacity to mobilise the masses and so must resort to spectacular acts of terrorism to attempt to rally the faithful. This, Kepel thinks, is an approach which is destined to fail.

The key example he cites is Algeria, where a military coup to stop an Islamist party gaining power via democratic means occurred; when a full-blown jihad was declared the various Islamist groups descended into bouts of internal violence which led to them ultimately alienating the masses they claim to represent. The book is both an engaging read and dense with detail, which at times can be hard to fully grasp.

Nonetheless, his emphasis on the regional dynamics of the middle east in which the Saudis and Iranians vie for hegemony makes for interesting reading as does his emphasis on how Wahhabi teaching and the maddrassa educational system breeds extremism.

A compelling read! At the heart of his analysis are two main insights: 1 Only when Islamist movements can unite the "devout bourgeoisie", the young urban poor the "disinherited ones" and the religious clerics can they achieve success.

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Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam

At the heart of his analysis are two main insights:1 Only when Islamist movements can united the "devout bourgeoisie", the young urban poor the "disinherited ones" and the religious clerics can they achieve success. Such an outcome is difficult to achieve given the tension inherent between these different groups though Kepel provides a panoramic account of various incarnations of "political Islam" across the Arab and North African world outlining how and why events have unfolded as they did. Such an outcome is difficult to achieve given the tension inherent between these different groups though one notable past success occurred in Iran where a broad coalition was built under the tutelage of Khomeini. However, Kepel argues, such success has proved fleeting and the Iranian revolution has stagnated ever since.

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