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Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam

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Gilles Kepel

Paperback, 448 pages



A landmark study of the rise of Islamic extremism, Jihad follows the history and spread of this new political-religious phenomenon from its beginnings as a militant rebellion in the Middle East during the 1970s to its culmination in a devastating onslaught on the West in 2001. Gilles Kepel explains how their jihad – or 'Holy Struggle' – aimed to establish a global Islamic state based solely on a strict interpretation of the Qur'an clashes with the values of Western democracies. Kepel's exploration of Jihadism is informed by his journeys throughout the Muslim world to gather documents, interviews and archival material inaccessible to most scholars.




Part I Expansion 

1. A Cultural Revolution 

2. Islam in the Late 1960s 

3. Building Petro-Islam on the Ruins of Arab Nationalism 

4. Islamism in Egypt, Malaysia, and Pakistan 

5. Khomeini's Revolution and Its Legacy 

6. Jihad in Afghanistan and Intifada in Palestine 

7. Islamization in Algeria and the Sudan 

8. The Fatwa and the Veil in Europe


Part II Decline 

9. From the Gulf War to the Taliban Jihad 

10. The Failure to Graft Jihad on Bosnia's Civil War 

11. The Logic of Massacre in the Second Algerian War 

12. The Threat of Terrorism in Egypt 

13. Osama bin Laden and the War against the West 

14. Hamas, Israel, Arafat, and Jordan 

15. The Forced Secularization of Turkish Islamists