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Warriors Of The Prophet: The Struggle For Islam Paperback – 24 Sep 1999

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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; New Ed edition (24 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813327814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813327815
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

Mark Huband is an award-winning journalist and former correspondent for The Guardian, The Observer, and The Times. He is currently Security Correspondent for the Financial Times. He lives in London.

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Mark Huband has produced an outstanding piece of writing on the Islamist fundamentalist phenomenon. Although a relatively short book, he explains in commendable detail but great lucidity the developments and currents leading to the Islamist movement, of which Osama bin Laden is now the most infamous protagonist. He covers its manifestations in considerable depth from Afghanistan to Sudan via North Africa and Somalia, and provides one of the best overviews that I have seen in print. The only shame is that the book only covers events up to about 1998.
Although a journalist - and the book contains its share of revealing interviews with some of the key players, Huband steers away from the purely anecdotal approach to understanding a complex phenomenon. Instead, and this is one of his great strengths vis-a-vis many of his contemporaries, Huband writes with the sure touch of an academic or policy analyst, and provides the reader with considerable analysis and insight on all the main Islamist movements. This is not an easy task when dealing with a gamut of organisations ranging from the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to the Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA), but Huband succeeds, and does so very well.
Highly recommended, this is one of the best books around on the Islamist phenomenon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Huband Offers Incredible Insight 14 Sept. 2001
By Kristin Kuelthau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
...I turned to this book with the hope that author Mark Huband could shed some light upon the enigma known as the fundamentalist Islamic phenomenon. From a layperson's standpoint, this book was an invaluable resource for understanding the complexities of the Middle East factions, including their history, motives, religious beliefs, and political alliances. Fortunately, the book takes specific notice of Osama bin Laden and the Islamic movements in Afghanistan, an eerie predilection of their role in future world events. With the author's journalistic style and personal anecdotes, the book held my interest as well as its significance to present circumstances. Educating ourselves is the only way we can begin to make sense of the motives behind the terrorist acts, and I found no better resource than Warriors of the Prophet. It has my highest recommendation.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The rise of political Islam. 25 Oct. 2004
By Kevin M Quigg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I believe the author to be a well versed authority on the subject he is writing about which is the rise of political Islam. This book gives a valid critique of many of the regimes of the Middle East, and the West's policy toward this vast region. Since this book was written before 9/11, it does not include any of the current developments in this region. Huband slants his writings against the West (and in particular the U.S.) and Israel. Therefore we get many criticisms of the U.S. in its policy against Iraq and as a occupying force in Saudi. We also get the comments of duplicity by the Israelis in their policy against the Palestinians. I think both comments are off the mark, and that is one reason I rated this book only a three star.

This is a short book, but the language used in the writing of this book makes it unnecessaryly difficult. The reader will learn of how the failures of the present Middle East regimes gave rise to political Islam. Failures in providing social services also gave rise to the Fundamentals. I also think the author panders to much to the Middle East audience. He blames the policies of the West and those of the elite which rule these countries of the Middle East. A difficult read and one not recommended for the beginning historian.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Book to Read for Insight into the Morass of Islam today 30 Aug. 2015
By Michela Caudill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A book of terrible distortion and bias. Mr. Huband is unable to get his facts and his history straight. How can one expect him to shed illumination on one of the most pressing and difficult issues confronting the world today? One wishes that he had spent less time apologizing for Islam and more time getting his history in some sort of presentable and honest fashion.
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Islamists vs Isalm 7 Nov. 2001
By charles slaughter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A magnificent book, all 228 pages. Huband's documentation alone is enough to guarantee the high quality of this book to anyone interested in the Islamist movement.
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