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"A Middle East scholar writes in a clear straightforward manner, carefully explaining who the terrorists are, whre they come from, how they justify killing civilians in the name of God, and why the United States has become the latest target"--Box. "A Middle East scholar writes in a clear straightforward manner, carefully explaining who the terrorists are, whre they come from, how they justify killing civilians in the name of God, and why the United States has become the latest target"--Box.


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"A Middle East scholar writes in a clear straightforward manner, carefully explaining who the terrorists are, whre they come from, how they justify killing civilians in the name of God, and why the United States has become the latest target"--Box. "A Middle East scholar writes in a clear straightforward manner, carefully explaining who the terrorists are, whre they come from, how they justify killing civilians in the name of God, and why the United States has become the latest target"--Box.

35 review for Global Jihad: Understanding September 11 (The Middle East)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Candy

    3.89 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I listened to the audio book and while it is now dated it is a good primer about UBL, jihad, Wahhabism, Salafism and the region. I definitely recommend this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed

    الاسماء و الجنسيات في الكتاب و بعض المعلومات تحتاج للتصحيح، بالمجمل الكتاب يعطي ملخص بسيط لفترة الثمانينات و التسعينات

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ellis

    Here is another book that I don't understand. It begins by giving some history on what brought about the rise of the Global Jihad movement. This book talks about how the Jihadists really got established as a result of American funding as America used them, somewhat as pawns, tie up Russia in their own version of Vietnam in Afghanistan. It also talks about how we totally piss off Middle Easterners by acting heavy-handedly in the Middle East in an effort to secure and protect oil for the US. Now, Here is another book that I don't understand. It begins by giving some history on what brought about the rise of the Global Jihad movement. This book talks about how the Jihadists really got established as a result of American funding as America used them, somewhat as pawns, tie up Russia in their own version of Vietnam in Afghanistan. It also talks about how we totally piss off Middle Easterners by acting heavy-handedly in the Middle East in an effort to secure and protect oil for the US. Now, I'm not in one to say that let's not act in a certain way because other people may not like it, but if we act in a way that isn't fair or right, then I think that we need to modify our policy. After setting up this background, the conclusion of the book is that we need to be more committed to the "War on Terror". I don't understand. It seems like the presented information in the book would have led to a conclusion that we needed to find some way to have more peace, rather than a conclusion that we need to continue the status quo on our side, which will certainly lead to continuation of the status quo on the other (i.e. more terrorism for all). Another reason I don't agree with the point of view that we need to keep up the "War on Terror" is that we are barely involved in any kind of war on terror. What we are doing in Iraq has nothing to do with Terror. What we are doing in Afganistan, as a part of an international group led by the UN, is part of the war on terror. Mostly the "War on Terror" stance is a smokescreen to get a free pass to act as our current administration wants, and a reason to justify the need for secrecy to avoid oversight by congress. The book America's Secret War: Inside the Hidden Worldwide Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies drew the same conclusions as this book, but at least I could respect that book since it was honest about why we went to war with Iraq.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tommy

    This was a great, short overview of the Jihadi Salafi movement, its relation to other Islamic groups and its relation to the United States. I knew a lot of the information presented here but I definitely learned a lot and I think everyone could benefit from reading this. Wiktorowicz doesn't seem to be passing any judgement or jumping to erroneous conclusions. Instead, he gives a robust timeline full of the ins and outs regarding the resentment of a group of Salafis turned a large number of Jihadi This was a great, short overview of the Jihadi Salafi movement, its relation to other Islamic groups and its relation to the United States. I knew a lot of the information presented here but I definitely learned a lot and I think everyone could benefit from reading this. Wiktorowicz doesn't seem to be passing any judgement or jumping to erroneous conclusions. Instead, he gives a robust timeline full of the ins and outs regarding the resentment of a group of Salafis turned a large number of Jihadi Salafis into Al Qaeda members and/or sympathizers. Wiktorowicz shows how the secret to victory may lie with the reformist salafis who are usually more educated and more diligent, whereas the jihadis appeal largely to the outrage of the people. Pardon my analogy but the jihadi salafis remind me of American evangelicals compared to reformed theologians (representing reformed salafis because they tend to be more thoughtful/educated and less emotional/violent).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Claudette

    (Audiobook) How interesting was this book? I thought terrorism was a fairly recent invention but the Middle East has been terrorists for many decades. The Middle East has been in great turmoil for that amount of time as well. Why do they hate America? Because of America's fascism and invasion into their country. (Audiobook) How interesting was this book? I thought terrorism was a fairly recent invention but the Middle East has been terrorists for many decades. The Middle East has been in great turmoil for that amount of time as well. Why do they hate America? Because of America's fascism and invasion into their country.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Grover Gardner's rather dispassionate reading of the work lulls one into thinking of this in less dire terms than would seem called for. It is a short work, easy to understand, and does not call upon any horrific response - but it ought to make us all think very hard. Grover Gardner's rather dispassionate reading of the work lulls one into thinking of this in less dire terms than would seem called for. It is a short work, easy to understand, and does not call upon any horrific response - but it ought to make us all think very hard.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aubrey Overstreet

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    Steve

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    Mark

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    Henry

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    Michelle Lopez

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    Ted Hollingsworth

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    JohnD

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    Sam Motes

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    Damon

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    Revita Annur

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    Jen

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    Aditya Surti

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