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COVER STORY Something rotten led to fish-kill: perhaps fishy environmentalism

EDITORIAL Resistance grows to Beijing's soft-power push

CANBERRA OBSERVED Climate change: deadly ... to political leaders

TECHNOLOGY Electric cars: UK taxpayers subsidise rich greenies

BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION A step too small?

CYBER SECURITY Chinese smartphone threat extends way beyond Huawei

SOCIETY Such grandeur of spirit

POLITICS John Hewson should have as sturdy a Constitution

FINANCE Hayne royal commission sets agenda for bank reform

FAMILY RELATIONS Dad: a girl's first and most influential love

COMMENTARY Words gone feral: rights and equality

MEDICINE AND CULTURE Book captures tragedy of falling foul of a fanatic

SOCIETY AND CULTURE A dog's life: reflections of a grey nomad

HUMOUR

MUSIC Serialism a killer: Ideas tend to get in the way

CINEMA Cold Pursuit: Revenge served up manic

BOOK REVIEW Why the West and nowhere else

BOOK REVIEW The escalation of horror and atrocity

LETTERS

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JIHAD:
The Trail of Political Islam

Gilles Kepel

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by Gilles Kepel

(London: I.B. Taurus, revised edition, 2006)
Paperback: 472 pages
ISBN: 9781845112578
Price: AUD$48.95

 

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In recent years, the world order has been rocked by an explosive, unexpected and extraordinary phenomenon: political Islam. Beginning in the early 1970s, militants revolted against the regimes in power across the Muslim world and exacerbated political conflicts internationally. Their jihad — or “Holy Struggle” — aimed to establish a global Islamic state based solely on a strict interpretation of the Qur’an. Jihad is the first comprehensive attempt to follow the history and spread of this new political-religious phenomenon today, from the rise of Al Qaeda to the explosion of support for Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic jihad in the wake of the Second Palestinian Intifada. It is the definitive work on what the West has called “Islamic Fundamentalism”, and offers the boldest assessment of its past, its present, and where it might lead in the future. Jihad is vital reading for everyone concerned with the state of the world today.

 

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Gilles Kepel, one of the world’s foremost experts on the current Middle East, is director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, and professor at the Institute for Political Studies in Paris.

 


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