Magazine article New Internationalist

Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution

Magazine article New Internationalist

Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution

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Resistance The Essence of the Islamist Revolution

by Alastair Crooke (Pluto Press, ISBN 9780745328850)

Alastair Crooke's elegant and measured book is a much-needed response to the viewpoint that equates Islam with mindless violence and terrorism, encapsulated in the lazy neologism 'Islamofascism'. The task Crooke sets himself is audaciously ambitious: to tease out the roots of Islamist revolution, from its inception in Egypt with the agitator and pamphleteer Sayyid Qutub, through the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood and the tumultuous events of the Iranian Revolution up to the present-day Hezballah and Hamas movements. Any doubts that Crooke is equal to the task of addressing such a vast and contentious subject are dismissed by his opening chapter. In a magisterial overview of his project, he traces the development of the Western mindset in which the West stands for enlightenment and progress, and its enemies are unarguably and irredeemably evil. …

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