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  1. Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution
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  2. Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution

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This book traces the essence of the Islamist Revolution from its origins in Egypt, through Najaf, Lebanon, Iran and the Iranian Revolution to today. Alastair Crooke presents a compelling account of the ideas and energy which are mobilising the Islamic world.

Crooke argues that the West faces a mass mobilisation against the US-led Western project. The roots of this conflict are described in terms of religious themes that extend back over 500 years. They represent clashing systems of thinking and values. Islamists have a vision for the future of their own societies which would entail radical change from Western norms. Resistance is presented as the means to force Western behaviour to change and to expose the essential differences between the two modes of thinking.

This is a rigourous account that traces the threads of revolution of various movements, including the influence of 'political Shi'ism' and the Iranian Revolution and its impact on Hezbollah and Hamas.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

This book provides outstanding insight into the major changes in both Sunni and Shi'a thinking over the past 40 years. Very sympathetic presentation. Highlights differences between Islamist "community" focus vs Western "individual" focus. Critique of Western politics and culture is too harsh, but interesting. Highly recommend.
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What makes Iran and Hezbollah negotiable partners and al-Qaeda an enemy to defeat? This book holds the answer.

Like George Clooney's character in Syriana or the infamous x-NSA man turned peace activist, John Perkins, Alaistar Crooke's intellectual reflections on the history of Western colonialism and Islamic resistance exemplify the profound and rare experience of a bonafide "man in the middle."

Written hastily but with sharp intelligence and deep-searching reflection, this book dissects for Western ears the rational framework of thought that founds the Islamicist movements of Hammas, Hezbollah, and the Iranian Revolution.

In doing so it expounds upon the following point:

Al-Qaeda is an organization whose explicit goal is to use "shock and outrage" tactics to destabilize the economies and political systems of European and American capitalism globally. To this end, all means are on the table.

But Al-Qaeda does not define Islam or... Read more
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