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Zacarias, My Brother: The Making of a Terrorist

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Zacarias Moussaoui was arrested in the United States in August 2001. He is currently in a federal prison in Virginia, charged with "conspiring with Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda to murder thousands of innocent people in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania." Moussaoui , who trained to be a pilot in Oklahoma, admits to being a member of Al-Qaeda but denies involvement in the events of September 11. He has opted to defend himself.

Written by his brother, Zacarias, My Brother tells the story of Zacs life from birth to the time in 1996 when he broke contact with his family and became deeply involved with Muslim fundamentalists in London. It is a unique document about what it is to grow up a Muslim in Western Europe today and how an extremist is made. In Zacarias, My Brother, author Abd Samad Moussaoui describes the struggle that young Arab men and their families endure in Europe, seeking an education and equal opportunity, only to find most avenues of assimilation effectively barred to people of color. At the same time, he authoritatively details the techniques of the extremist sects that recruit potential terrorist cadres. Members of the Wahhabi sect have perfected a rhetoric that appeals to the wounded pride of these young Arab men, Moussaoui writes—for example, offering funds to help them complete their education. Moussaoui deplores the route taken by his brother. He is not in any way an apologist for terrorism. Even so, he shows convincingly that normal young men can end up terrorists, and suggests how and why this happens. Moussaoui shows with gripping clarity how Wahhabism distorts true Islamic faith and the threat it poses to Islam. And his book strongly suggests that the best defense against terrorist groups like the Wahhabi sect in the future is anything people can do to end racism.

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Zacarias Moussaoui currently sits in an American jail accused of being the "20th hijacker" in the 9-11 hijackings. Combining a plea for understanding with a warning about the dangers of the Wahhabi sect of Islam, his brother here recounts his youth growing up with Zacarias. He recounts the hardships the French-Moroccan brothers underwent due to the combined weight of racism, classism, and an overbearing mother, suggesting that without those factors he wouldn't have witnessed his brother drift into the clutches of the Wahhabis, instead of the more traditional Sunni group to which he belongs. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Moussaoui, who trained to be a pilot in Oklahoma, admits to being a member of A1-Qaeda but denies involvement in the events of September 11. He has opted to defend himself. In Zacarias, My Brother, Members of the Wahabi sect have perfected a rhetoric that appeals to the wounded pride of these young Arab men, Moussaoui writes--for example, offering funds to help them complete their eduction. Massouaoui deplores the route taken by his brother. He is not in any way an apologist for terrorism. Even so, he show convincingly that normal young men can end up terrorists, and suggests how and why this happens.

Synopsis:

An intimate portrait of the accused "20th hijacker, " this scathing book reveals the inner workings of the extremist Wahabi sect to which Zacarias Moussaoui belonged.

Synopsis:

A portrait of Zacarias Moussaoui, the purported "twentieth hijacker," now a federal detainee charged with multiple capital offenses. Written by his brother, this tale of domestic hardship, youthful hope, and a final, downward spiral casts the defendant in a new, human light.

About the Author

ABD SAMAD MOUSSAOUI is a teacher in a technical high school in Narbonne, France.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583225851
With:
Bouquillat, Florence
Translator:
Pleasance, Simon
With:
Bouquillat, Florence
Translator:
Pleasance, Simon
Author:
Moussaoui, Abd
Author:
Bouquillat, Florence
Author:
Moussaoui, Abd Samad
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Islam
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Terrorists
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Terrorism -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Subject:
Terrorism -- United States.
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 12
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.5 x 0.4 in 7 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Moussaoui, who trained to be a pilot in Oklahoma, admits to being a member of A1-Qaeda but denies involvement in the events of September 11. He has opted to defend himself. In Zacarias, My Brother, Members of the Wahabi sect have perfected a rhetoric that appeals to the wounded pride of these young Arab men, Moussaoui writes--for example, offering funds to help them complete their eduction. Massouaoui deplores the route taken by his brother. He is not in any way an apologist for terrorism. Even so, he show convincingly that normal young men can end up terrorists, and suggests how and why this happens.
"Synopsis" by , An intimate portrait of the accused "20th hijacker, " this scathing book reveals the inner workings of the extremist Wahabi sect to which Zacarias Moussaoui belonged.
"Synopsis" by ,

A portrait of Zacarias Moussaoui, the purported "twentieth hijacker," now a federal detainee charged with multiple capital offenses. Written by his brother, this tale of domestic hardship, youthful hope, and a final, downward spiral casts the defendant in a new, human light.

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