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The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics (Crises in World Politics)

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Review:

"Devji (Landscapes of the Jihad) examines the vitality of militant movements, arguing that in a global society, organizations like al-Qaeda have gathered meaning and strength in an 'institutional vacuum.' The author classifies pacifism and environmentalism as 'intellectual peers' of militant Islam: they transcend traditional nation states and ideologies by identifying with 'planetary ideals' like human rights and humanitarianism just as militant Islam does this by 'identifying Muslims with the passive victims who embody humanity.' Once Muslim suffering has been established, militants employ the 'logic of equivalence' to justify acts of terrorism. Since Islamic militancy is a global phenomenon, Devji rejects the traditional scholarship that roots it in regional issues like the Palestinian cause and poverty and oppression. Most controversially, he equates militant Islam with 'the plethora of non-governmental agencies dedicated to humanitarian work.' He also concludes, more conventionally, that the U.S. response to militant Islam — the 'global war on terror' — has transformed war 'into a species of policing.' Despite the breadth of his research and his iconoclastic conclusions, Devji's scholarly prose will likely limit his audience to fellow scholars and students." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Faisal Devji argues that new forms of militancy, such as the actions of al-Qaeda, are informed by the same desire for agency and equality that animates other humanitarian interventions, such as environmentalism and pacifism. To the militant, victimized Muslims are more than just symbols of ethnic and religious persecution--they represent humanity's centuries-long struggle for legitimacy and agency. Acts of terror, therefore, are fueled by the militant's desire to become a historical actor on the global stage. Though they have yet to build concrete political institutions, militant movements have formed a kind of global society, and as Devji makes clear, this society pursues the same humanitarian objectives that drive more benevolent groups.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231700603
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Subject:
Islam -- History.
Author:
Devji, Faisal
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
History & Theory - Radical Thought
Subject:
World politics
Subject:
Islam and politics
Subject:
World politics -- 1989-
Subject:
Qaida (Organization)
Subject:
Politics - General
Series:
Crises in World Politics
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
229
Dimensions:
8.70x5.70x.70 in. .95 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Politics » Peace and War
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East
Religion » Islam » History
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues

The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics (Crises in World Politics)
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Product details 229 pages Columbia University Press - English 9780231700603 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Devji (Landscapes of the Jihad) examines the vitality of militant movements, arguing that in a global society, organizations like al-Qaeda have gathered meaning and strength in an 'institutional vacuum.' The author classifies pacifism and environmentalism as 'intellectual peers' of militant Islam: they transcend traditional nation states and ideologies by identifying with 'planetary ideals' like human rights and humanitarianism just as militant Islam does this by 'identifying Muslims with the passive victims who embody humanity.' Once Muslim suffering has been established, militants employ the 'logic of equivalence' to justify acts of terrorism. Since Islamic militancy is a global phenomenon, Devji rejects the traditional scholarship that roots it in regional issues like the Palestinian cause and poverty and oppression. Most controversially, he equates militant Islam with 'the plethora of non-governmental agencies dedicated to humanitarian work.' He also concludes, more conventionally, that the U.S. response to militant Islam — the 'global war on terror' — has transformed war 'into a species of policing.' Despite the breadth of his research and his iconoclastic conclusions, Devji's scholarly prose will likely limit his audience to fellow scholars and students." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Faisal Devji argues that new forms of militancy, such as the actions of al-Qaeda, are informed by the same desire for agency and equality that animates other humanitarian interventions, such as environmentalism and pacifism. To the militant, victimized Muslims are more than just symbols of ethnic and religious persecution--they represent humanity's centuries-long struggle for legitimacy and agency. Acts of terror, therefore, are fueled by the militant's desire to become a historical actor on the global stage. Though they have yet to build concrete political institutions, militant movements have formed a kind of global society, and as Devji makes clear, this society pursues the same humanitarian objectives that drive more benevolent groups.
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