Now available in paperback, Legacy of the Prophet is a sweeping, first-person account of the transformation in the style and message of Islamic politics at the beginning of the twenty-first century. As terrorism floods our headlines, this book offers a rare but much-needed counterpoint: it shows that Islamic activists have increasingly renounced violence in order to form political parties, engage in grass-roots work, and enter into civil society to bring about peaceful reform in their authoritarian societies. Drawing on his years of reporting in more than a dozen countries of the Muslim world, Anthony Shadid charts the way in which the adolescence of yesterday's Islamic militants is yielding to the maturity of today's activists. Through personal interviews and extensive travel, he chronicles that new generation, which is finding a more realistic and potentially more successful future through democratic politics. Complete with a new introduction, Legacy of the Prophet promises to redefine the debate over the future of political Islam.
Anthony Shadid is a correspondent in Washington for the Boston Globe. Over the past decade, he has reported from most countries in the Middle East and was the winner of an Overseas Press Club citation in 1997 for the series of article that form the core of this book. He was formerly a correspondent in Cairo for the Associated Press.
* Note on Transliterations * Acknowledgments * Introduction * 1. A Question of Identity: From Afghanistan to Egypt, Islam as a Refuge in Troubled Times * 2. Intersections and Messages: Islam Interpreted and Reinterpreted * 3. The Hidden Duty: The Rise and Fall of Militant Islam in a War Without Borders * 4. God's Call: Behind a Backdrop of Violence, a Blend of Religion and Social Activism * 5. Faith and Fatherland: The Monopoly of God and Sudan's Experiment with Islam in Power * 6. Iran's Lesson: The Iranian Revolution and the Rebirth of Political Islam * 7. From West to East: A New Generation of Thinkers and the Search for Common Ground * 8. The Changing Legacy: New Politics, New Interpretations, and the Onset of Islam in Democracy * Epilogue * Notes * Selected Bibliography * Index