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Muqtada: Muqtada Al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq

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Time magazine listed him as one of its "100 People Who Shape Our World." Newsweek featured him on its cover under the headline "How Al-Sadr May Control U.S. Fate in Iraq." Paul Bremer denounced him as a "Bolshevik Islamist" and ordered that he be captured "dead or alive." Who is Muqtada al-Sadr, and why is he so vital to the future of Iraq and, arguably, the entire Middle East?

In this compellingly readable account, prize-winning journalist Patrick Cockburn tells the story of Muqtada's rise to become the leader of Iraq's poor Shi'ites and the resistance to the occupation. Cockburn looks at the killings by Saddam's executioners and hit men of the young cleric's father, two brothers, and father-in-law; his leadership of the seventy-thousand-strong Mehdi Army; the fierce rivalries between him and other Shia religious leaders; his complex relationship with the Iraqi government; and his frequent confrontations with the American military, including battles that took place in Najaf in 2004. The portrait that emerges is of a complex man and a sophisticated politician, who engages with religious and nationalist aspirations in a manner unlike any other Iraqi leader.

Cockburn, who was among the very few Western journalists to remain in Baghdad during the Gulf War and has been an intrepid reporter of Iraq ever since, draws on his extensive firsthand experience in the country to produce a book that is richly interwoven with the voices of Iraqis themselves. His personal encounters with the Mehdi Army include a tense occasion when he was nearly killed at a roadblock outside the city of Kufa.

Though it often reads like an adventure story, Muqtada is also a work of painstaking research and measured analysis that leads to a deeper understanding both of one of the most critical conflicts in the world today and of the man who may well be a decisive voice in determining the future of Iraq when the Americans eventually leave.

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"Cockburn (The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq), a veteran Middle East correspondent for The Independent, knew the Iraq occupation was doomed when, in 2004, his Irish passport saved him from certain death at the hands of Mehdi Army militiamen convinced he was an American spy: 'Bush and Blair never seemed to understand that the problem was not training or equipment, but legitimacy and loyalty.' Building on this idea, Cockburn takes a close look at Muqtada al-Sadr, the country's major Shi'ite opposition leader, who has been consistently demonized and belittled by U.S. authorities even as he gains legitimacy among Iraqis. Calling him 'the most important and surprising figure to emerge' in post-invasion Iraq, Cockburn details Muqtada's rise, beginning in 1999 when he took his assassinated father's place as head of the Sadrists, a populist religious movement. Mounting frustration toward the U.S. led many to join the Sadrists, the only Shia group to oppose outright the occupation, quickly making Muqtada the political representative of millions. Cockburn's incisive critique of U.S. policy mistakes in Iraq goes back to the first invasion, and draws some dire conclusions, among them that it's too late for Iraq 'to exist as anything more than a loose federation.' This probing look at a singularly divisive, undoubtedly important figure makes an invaluable resource for anyone weighing U.S. policy in Iraq." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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The last word that Saddam Hussein heard as the executioner's noose was being tightened around his neck was "Muqtada." As in Muqtada al-Sadr, the young Shia cleric who had survived his persecutor to lay claim to Iraq. Americans may be tempted to dismiss Muqtada as mainly a nuisance — too young, inexperienced and unstable to thrive in Iraqi politics. But it was Muqtada's men who executed Saddam, and... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

From one of the bravest and most-respected correspondents in the Middle East comes the first-ever biography of the formidable, young Shiite leader, who many predict will take over Iraq after the Americans leave.

About the Author

Patrick Cockburn is the Iraq correspondent for The Independent in London. He has visited Iraq countless times since 1977 and was the recipient of the 2004 Martha Gellhorn Prize for war reporting and the 2006 James Cameron Memorial Award. He is author of The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq, which was shortlisted for a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2006.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416551478
Subtitle:
Muqtada al-Sadr, the Shia Revival, and the Struggle for Iraq
Author:
Cockburn, Patrick
Publisher:
Scribner
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Ethnic Cultures - General
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
History
Subject:
Shiites
Subject:
Iraq - Politics and government - 2003-
Subject:
Sadr, Muqtada
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080408
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Cockburn (The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq), a veteran Middle East correspondent for The Independent, knew the Iraq occupation was doomed when, in 2004, his Irish passport saved him from certain death at the hands of Mehdi Army militiamen convinced he was an American spy: 'Bush and Blair never seemed to understand that the problem was not training or equipment, but legitimacy and loyalty.' Building on this idea, Cockburn takes a close look at Muqtada al-Sadr, the country's major Shi'ite opposition leader, who has been consistently demonized and belittled by U.S. authorities even as he gains legitimacy among Iraqis. Calling him 'the most important and surprising figure to emerge' in post-invasion Iraq, Cockburn details Muqtada's rise, beginning in 1999 when he took his assassinated father's place as head of the Sadrists, a populist religious movement. Mounting frustration toward the U.S. led many to join the Sadrists, the only Shia group to oppose outright the occupation, quickly making Muqtada the political representative of millions. Cockburn's incisive critique of U.S. policy mistakes in Iraq goes back to the first invasion, and draws some dire conclusions, among them that it's too late for Iraq 'to exist as anything more than a loose federation.' This probing look at a singularly divisive, undoubtedly important figure makes an invaluable resource for anyone weighing U.S. policy in Iraq." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From one of the bravest and most-respected correspondents in the Middle East comes the first-ever biography of the formidable, young Shiite leader, who many predict will take over Iraq after the Americans leave.
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