This book provides the historical and political context to explain acts of terror, including the September 11th, and the bombing of American Embassies in Nairobi and Dar as Salaam and the West's responses. Providing a brief history of Islam as a religion and as socio-political ideology, Dilip Hiro goes on to outline the Islamist movements that have thrived in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, and their changing relationship with America. It is within this framework that the rising menace of Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaida network is discussed.

The Pentagon's amazingly swift victory over the Taliban in Afghanistan is examined along with implications of the Bush Doctrine, encapsulated in his declaration, 'so long as anybody is terrorizing established governments, there needs to be a war' - a recipe for war without end.

part |2 pages

Part I Islam

chapter 1|21 pages

The rise of Islam: Sunnis and Shias

chapter 2|18 pages

Orthodox Islam and Sufism

chapter 3|15 pages

Islam in modern times

part |2 pages

Part II Islamic ideologies and fundamentalist states

part |2 pages

Part III slamist terrorism and global response

chapter 7|33 pages

Bombing of US embassies: a wake-up call

chapter 10|29 pages

Summary and conclusions