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Kepel provides a panoramic account of various incarnations of "political Islam" across the Arab and North African world outlining how and why events have unfolded as they did. At the heart of his analysis are two main insights:1) Only when Islamist movements can united the "devout bourgeoisie", the young urban poor (the "disinherited ones") and the religious clerics can they achieve success. Such an outcome is difficult to achieve given the tension inherent between these different groups though
Impressive scope, covering the emergence of political Islam from the remains of the secular/nationalist governments in the Islamic world. A great introduction.
Kepel provides a panoramic account of various incarnations of "political Islam" across the Arab and North African world outlining how and why events have unfolded as they did. At the heart of his analysis are two main insights:1) Only when Islamist movements can unite the "devout bourgeoisie", the young urban poor (the "disinherited ones") and the religious clerics can they achieve success. Such an outcome is difficult to achieve given the tension inherent between these different groups though o...
El mejor libro que cayó en mis manos para entender el génesis del movimiento islamista radical en el mundo. Claro y tremendamente documentado, de hecho es un clásico dentro del género y está escrito por una de las autoridades mundiales en el tema.El hincapié para desarrollar todo el espectro del islamismo radical, se basa principalmente en los casos de Argelia, Egipto e Irán (único país en el cual el islamismo radical efectivamente se hace con el poder); y en el influjo e impacto que tuvo en ell...
An excellent history of Political Islam. After reading Olivier Roy on the subject I had a good footing in the thinking and philosophical development of Political Islam, but was looking for a more detailed history of the movement, especially in terms of how it evolved and played out in very diverse regions. Kepel provides just that kind of detail. I recommend both this and Roy's "The Failure of Political Islam" and think they dovetail together very well. I'd love to see an updated edition of Kepe...
The funny and ironic thing is the last part called "the decline" of Islamic terrorism which is just before 9/11 which is the real beginning of the war against terrorism. As someone from Muslim tradition , I must confess the book is very good and interesting and explore different topics related to the rise of radical islamism.I found few religious-historical mistakes but this is a must read. And I know it's won't be the last Gilles Kepel book I will read... Inshallah.
The author spent five years traveling the Islamic world and beyond for fieldwork and brings back a harvest of information and insights. The book is no longer so current, but it gives you a valuable picture from a pivotal period. The book is especially good for insights into life in the francofone Islamic world.
Difficult to read without much knowledge of the topics discussed in the book as the research is very thorough and detailed. The book is more suitable for specialists than curiosity-driven readers.Interesting to read the continuation as the conclusion here is very positive, without anticipation of ISIS.
Es un obra monumental. El autor se ha dedicado a leer, estudiar y documentar todos los movimientos islamistas de casi todo el mundo. Analiza por épocas estos movimientos en cada país o región, con especial hincapié en países donde han prosperado: Irán, Afganistán, Egipto, Arabia Saudí, Argelia, Sudán, Turquía… La tesis del autor puede resumirse en lo siguiente: tras el abandono del arabismo, del socialismo y de otros ismos, llegó un momento de esplendor para el islamismo como solución para todos...
An incredibly detailed and wide-ranging analysis of the rise and (in the author's opinion) fall of militant Islamism throughout the twentieth century. From Algeria to Malaysia, in Palestine and Sudan, Kepel tracks the emergence of Islamism as colonial empires began to crumble, how and where they were able to gain control of governments, and how and why they failed (often spectacularly and bloodily). My biggest complaint, and this isn't really the author's fault, is that the book only goes up to
Ein Meisterwerk. Es zeigt in einem großen Bogen von den 1920ern bis zur Jahrtausendwende die Entstehung des Islamismus in diversen Ländern, erläutert politische, ökonomische und kulturelle Faktoren. Mit viel Details und Sachkenntnis erfährt der Leser über bisher wenig bekannte Verbindungen zwischen Islamisten weltweit. Sollte jeder lesen!Als Fazit: der Autor sieht im Terror der letzten 15 Jahren ein Zeichen des Niedergangs islamistischer Ansätze. Es gelingt ihnen, den Islamisten, nicht, alle, te...
The French title sums this book up better then the English: "Jihad, the rise and decline of radical Islam". Kepel details the rise and fall of violent political Islam across the Middle East. His essential point is that violent groups, while representing a valid expression from the populace of change and something different, burns out their popular support through violent activity.
I found it hard to track exactly what Kepel was saying - he tended to summarize, and then go back in detail. I would have preferred a more narrative approach. Overall, it does provide background on jihadi groups, but I think that there are better options out there.
Thoroughly researched, but somewhat dry and confusing. Also dated (published just after 9/11 which seems to have been woven in as an afterthought) and full of (sadly) overblown predictions of the demise of militant Islam.
Very interesting read about Islamists and how they developed. Very well written and readable. However, he is French and that sometimes shows. It is probably one of the most respected works on the subject.
Good overall history of the social, economic, and political factors since WWII that gave rise to political Islam from Europe to Indonesia. Only one problem: he thinks Islamism peaked with the Afghan jihad and is now on its way out...
Libro fondamentale per capire l'islam politico. Ancor più impressionante pensare che è stato scritto prima del 2001.
Informative, but it seemed to offer suggestions based on assumptions and not on facts - specifically regarding the decline of islamist politics.
the contradictions of Islamism
Also, an extremely dense book but covered in excruciating detail what he believes was the rise and what was the fall of reactionaly jihadists.