What Does Al Qaeda Want?

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What Does Al Qaeda Want?

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Commentaries by: Robert O. Marlin, IV

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In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, al-Qaeda has become the most infamous terrorist organization in history. While their actions are deplorable, it remains a populist and idealist movement—and one that continues to spread. Despite heavy media coverage, most people are unaware of the group’s ultimate goals. Sampling from actual al-Qaeda texts, this is al-Qaeda in its own words, rather than another interpretation (which often emphasizes the inflammatory religious rhetoric) offered by the Bush administration and other factions of the Western world. Introductions and commentary provide the historical context necessary to understand fully the interconnection between the religious, social, and political issues that led to the emergence of Osama bin Laden and his jihad against the West. These primary sources enable readers to discern the fundamental convictions underlying the group’s demands, and help answer the question, "What does al Qaeda want?"

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Trim Size:
5 x 7
Page Count:
112
Release Date:
2004-11-23
ISBN
Paperback
9781556435485

About the Author

Robert O. Marlin IV is a Ph.D. candidate in Borderlands Studies at the University of Houston, where he specializes in twentieth-century Latin American, Texan, and Southwestern history. Marlin has been widely published and writes on subjects that include the death penalty, Texas-Mexico border concerns, and parole reform. His interest in editing this book on al-Qaeda stemps from a commitment to supplying primary documents to scholars and others interested in the topic. Marlin works at the University of Houston Libraries and lives in Houston, Texas.

Reviews/Press Quotes

"The history, culture, and body of beliefs from which Bin Laden has shaped and spread his message are largely unknown to many Americans."
- from The 9/11 Commission Report

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