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Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern

by John Gray

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Published by W. W. Norton & Company .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Political aspects,
  • Post-Communism,
  • International - General,
  • Geopolitics,
  • International Economic Relations,
  • World politics,
  • Business & Economics,
  • Politics / Current Events,
  • Business/Economics,
  • Political development,
  • Government - Comparative,
  • History & Theory - General,
  • Postmodernism,
  • 20th century

  • The Physical Object
    FormatHardcover
    Number of Pages145
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL8666793M
    ISBN 101565848055
    ISBN 109781565848054

      Al Qaeda: And What it Means to be Modern by John Gray Faber £, pp The title of John Gray's essay on politics in the early twenty-first century is a little : Martin Bright. Al Qaeda is a product of modernity and of globalisation, and it will not be the last group to use the products of the modern world in its own monstrous way. Gray pulls up by the roots the myth that the human condition can be remade by science and progress or political engineering.

    Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern By John Gray, The New Press, , pp. List: $; AET: $ Al-Qaeda is the contemporary bete noire, the unknown and unknowable monster that strikes without rhyme or reason. The ultimate "other," the group represents an anachronistic Muslim attempt to bring about global purification through blood.   Al Qaeda is a product of modernity and of globalisation, and it will not be the last group to use the products of the modern world in its own monstrous pulls up by the roots the myth that the human condition can be remade by science and progress or political :

    An interesting read, showing how Al Qaeda is a product of the modern world. It also goes into the history of "modern", and how the ideas behind the modern, Western, world evolved. That makes for a very interesting read, explaining the break between the medieval outlook in which the future was expected to be exactly the same as the past, and the /5(6). What Al Qaeda learned from Mao It is a modern ideology built on Al Qaeda’s distorted version of Islam, one that is rejected by mainstream Islamic scholars. then the ends justify the.


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Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern by John Gray Download PDF EPUB FB2

Underpinning his argument that AL Qaeda is a product of modernity is a thought provoking debate that links positivism and the enlightenment with rational economic perspectives that are shaped by an American view of what it means to be progressive and by: Al-Qaeda, or any group associated, are more comparable in ways to Nazis, in that their goals and methods are thoroughly modern.

The idea of a global jihad has more to do with radical elements of Islam superimposing Western ideals of enlightenment on their I cannot think of a more important book to read concerning current events/5.

Al Qaeda is `modern' in its instruments from the internet and bank transfers to bombs. It reflects rather less than detractors wish that is in any way traditionally Islamic.

Bin Laden has no training for Fatwas; old theories are warped to provide rationalization for what few Muslims believe to be Islamic; the real enemies are within the Muslim 4/5.

In Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern, John Gray presents an alternative view of the group, its motives and its philosophical underpinnings. Rather than being a throwback to medieval barbarism, al-Qaeda is a modern movement, one of a number of descendents of the Enlightenment.

John Gray is a political philosopher and former professor of European thought at the London School of Economics. He is the author of False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism, Two Faces of Liberalism, and Al Qaeda and What It Means to Pages: Al-Qaeda (/ æ l ˈ k aɪ d ə, ˌ æ l k ɑː ˈ iː d ə /; Arabic: القاعدة ‎ al-Qāʿidah, IPA: [ælqɑːʕɪdɐ], translation: "The Base", "The Foundation", alternatively spelled al-Qaida and al-Qa'ida) is a transnational extremist Salafist militant organization founded in by Osama bin Laden, Abdullah Azzam, and several other Arab volunteers during the Soviet–Afghan gy: Wahhabism, Salafist jihadism, Qutbism, Pan.

Al Qaeda is a product of modernity and of globalisation, and it will not be the last group to use the products of the modern world in its own monstrous way.

Gray pulls up by the roots the myth that the human condition can be remade by science and progress or political engineering/5(). Al Qaeda and What It Means to be Modern by John Gray is a powerful book, setting to rest the mistaken belief that we are all, more or less, becoming modern, and that as we become modern we will become more alike, more familiar and more reasonable.

Nothing, Gray explains, could be /5(18). Buy a cheap copy of Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern book by John N. Gray. Americans view the September 11th attacks as the act of an anachronistic and dangerous sect, one that championed medieval and outmoded ideals. But as John Gray Free shipping over $/5(5).

Get this from a library. Al Qaeda and what it means to be modern. [John Gray] -- Argues that the ideology of Al Qaeda is both Western and modern, and that its zeal to remake the world descends from the same Enlightenment creed that informed the disastrous Soviet experiment and.

tags: 9/11, al qaeda, book listbook review, books, john gray, war, war on terror, what it means to be modern This slim but dense book caught my eye at the public library. I was intrigued by the title and assumed the theme of the book would be that Al Qaeda is a backward, anti-modern group with the aim of creating a global, theocratic.

READ book Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern FREE BOOOK ONLINE. Allen & Unwin is Australia's leading independent book publisher and has been voted "Publisher of the Year" thirteen times including the inaugural award in and eleven times since Al Qaeda and What It Means to be Modern - John Gray - - Allen & Unwin - Australia.

Some reviewers have already noted that the title of John Gray's new book, _Al Qaeda and What it Means to be Modern_, is somewhat misleading. Many meretricious books have been launched into the world with the words "al Qaeda" on the titlepage: those words sell books.4/5(14).

Editions for Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern: (Paperback published in ), (), (Hardcover), (Paperb Cited by: Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern has all the impact, shock of directness, and rhetorical bite I expected from its predecessor. Perhaps, as is often the case, the hype obscured the work itself.

This work is far from being a study of Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern: John Gray: Books - Skip to main content. Try Prime EN Hello, Sign in Account & Lists Sign in Account & Lists Orders Try Prime Cart.

Books. Go Search Your Store Deals Store Gift Cards Sell Help. Books /5(7). In one of the most remarkable scenes in the book, Ali Soufan, an F.B.I. agent assigned to Al Qaeda, was taken aside on Sept.

12 and finally shown the Author: Dexter Filkins. He considers the role of the global free market, the pretensions of economics, the metamorphosis of war and the prospects of an American empire.\/span>\"@ en\/a> ; \u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\n schema:description\/a> \" What Al Qaeda destroyed -- Three modern projects -- The original modernisers -- A very short history of the global free market.

Al Qaeda's closest precursors are the revolutionary anarchists of late 19th-century Europe". Gray continues, "Though it claims to be anti-Western, radical Islam is shaped as much by Western.

Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern (Paperback) By John Gray. New Press,pp. Publication Date: July 7, Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover (8/1/).Al-Qaeda, broad-based militant Islamist organization founded by Osama bin Laden in the late s.

It began as a logistical network to support Muslims fighting against the Soviet Union during the Afghan War and transformed into the active terrorist organization known for carrying out the September 11. It really doesn’t say all that much about Al Qaeda either, aside from arguing that rather than “medieval” Al Qaeda (in the book a shorthand for Islamist extremism) is a thoroughly modern phenomenon.

A review in The Observer rightly questions Gray’s depth of understanding here, though I still think Gray has a point.