Monday, April 23, 2007

Militant Islam

Here are several recent titles of interest fro our collections that relate to Islamic terrorism:

Hamas : politics, charity, and terrorism in the service of jihad by Matthew Levitt. "This important book provides the most fully researched assessment of Hamas ever written. Matthew Levitt, a counterterrorism expert with extensive field experience in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, draws aside the veil of legitimacy behind which Hamas hides." Full Book description

The road to Martyrs' Square : a journey into the world of the suicide bomber by A.M. Oliver "Combining in equal measure the critical and the compassionate, the tragic and the absurd, this memoir chronicles two interlocking, often clashing journeys-an exploration of the cult of martyrdom in the underground media of the intifada, on the one hand, and on the other, the struggle for friendship across seemingly impossible divides." Table of Contents

Journey of the jihadist : inside Muslim militancy by Fawaz Gerges "In a book that is both deeply personal and brilliantly illuminating, renowned Middle Eastern expert and media commentator Fawaz Gerges takes us into the mindset of the jihadi-or holy warrior-that lies behind so many front-page headlines yet remains nearly impenetrable." Full book description

The Osama bin Laden I know : an oral history of al-Qaeda's leader by Peter Bergen "Peter Bergen takes the reader onto the battlefields of Afghanistan as bin Laden goes from a shy, quiet teen to a leader; he brings you into Osama's intimate family life as he lives under the radar in Sudan, then Afghanistan; he puts you right in the room for al Qaeda's very first meeting; and he uses eyewitness accounts to relate what bin Laden said, and thought on 9/11 as he watched the twin towers fall." Full Book Description

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