This book traces the essence of the Islamist Revolution from its origins in Egypt, through Najaf, Lebanon, Iran and the Iranian Revolution to today. Alastair Crooke presents a compelling account of the ideas and energy which are mobilising the Islamic world. Crooke argues that the West faces a mass mobilisation against the US-led Western project. The roots of this conflict are described in terms of religious themes that extend back over 500 years. They represent clashing systems of thinking and values. Islamists have a vision for the future of their own societies which would entail radical change from Western norms. Resistance is presented as the means to force Western behaviour to change and to expose the essential differences between the two modes of thinking. This is a rigourous account that traces the threads of revolution of various movements, including the influence of 'political Shi'ism' and the Iranian Revolution and its impact on Hezbollah and Hamas.
Alastair Crooke was advisor to EU High Representative, Javier Solana, in the Middle East, 1997-2003. He was involved in facilitating a series of de-escalations of violence and military withdrawals in Palestine with Islamist movements from 2000-2003 and the end to the Bethlehem Church of the Nativity siege. He was a staff member of the Mitchell Committee into the causes of the Intifada in 2000. He is Director and founder of Conflicts Forum.
Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction Part I - Existential Threats Chapter One: In the Service of God and the Interests of the People Part II - Ideology of Revolution Chapter Two: The Awakening of Resistance Chapter Three: Political Shi'ism Chapter Four: Social Revolution Chapter Five: God is a Liberal Part III - Practising Resistance Chapter Six: A Culture of Willpower and Reason Chapter Seven: Refusing Subservience Part IV - Demonisation Chapter Eight: Resistance and the normalisation of Injustice Chapter Nine: The Nature of Power Conclusion Chapter Ten: The Limits to the Present Epilogue Notes Index