Terrorist in Search of Humanity : Militant Islam and Global Politics

Terrorist in Search of Humanity : Militant Islam and Global Politics

Description

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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Details

Author(s)
Dr Faisal Devji
Format
Hardback | 224 pages
Dimensions
142 x 218 x 23mm | 408g
Publication date
24 Jan 2009
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication City/Country
United States
Language
English
ISBN10
019932669X
ISBN13
9780199326693