Islamism in the Shadow of al-Qaeda by François Burgat

Islamism in the Shadow of al-Qaeda

byFrançois BurgatTranslated byPatrick Hutchinson

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A renowned authority on Islamic movements, François Burgat lived for eighteen years in the Arab world, including his time as director of the French Center for Archaeology and Social Sciences at Yemen. He also dedicated many months to fieldwork in North Africa. Bringing Burgat's decades of expertise to the complex dialogues that have marked the post-9/11 world, Islamism in the Shadow of al-Qaeda delivers much-needed clarity and historical perspective.

In Burgat's eyes, most of the West's political and media rhetoric has only fueled al-Qaeda's case, revealing a woeful lack of comprehension regarding the violent authoritarianism that divides the Middle East and creates a breeding ground for terrorism. Islamism in the Shadow of al-Qaeda provides a primer of the three eras of political Islam, from the 1928 founding of the Muslim Brothers to the rise of post-colonial dictatorships and the current radicalization of "Generation al-Qaeda." Offering a new roadmap for stability, Burgat bridges the ideologies—political, religious, and cultural—that must be traversed if the deadly sectarianism is to be superseded.

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Title:Islamism in the Shadow of al-QaedaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 9.03 × 6.03 × 0.52 inPublished:January 4, 2010Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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Translator's Note and AcknowledgmentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. The Identity Matrix of "Muslim-Speak"2. From National Struggle to the Disillusionments of "Recolonization": The Triple Temporality of Islamism3. The Islamist Field between National Specificity and Transnationalization4. Red Sea Secrets or Islamism without Colonization5. The Brothers and the Salafis: Between Modernization and Literalism, with or without Radicalization6. Islamic Radicalization: Between Religious Sectarianism and Political Counterviolence7. From Sayyid Qutb to Mohammed Atta: Sectarianism or Political Counterviolence?8. From Fears Inherited to Fears Exploited: The War of Representations9. Hard Power and Imposed Reform: The Illusions of the Western Response to IslamismConclusion: Against Terrorism--the Absolute Weapon?Appendix: The Islamists as Seen by the West in 1992NotesIndex