Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror

Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror

Mahmood Mamdani

Language: English

Pages: 324

ISBN: 0385515375

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In this brilliant look at the rise of political Islam, the distinguished political scientist and anthropologist Mahmood Mamdani brings his expertise and insight to bear on a question many Americans have been asking since 9/11: how did this happen? Good Muslim, Bad Muslim is a provocative and important book that will profoundly change our understanding both of Islamist politics and the way America is perceived in the world today.

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assumptions—that the Arabs and/or Islam were hostile to science—and in its place argue a surprisingly modern case, that science, as philosophy, develops everywhere over time. Al-Afghani had traveled widely outside his native Iran, from India in the east to France in the west, before he came to Egypt. His traditional madrassah education had included fiqh (jurisprudence) alongside falsafah (philosophy) and irfan (mysticism). His Indian experience both convinced al-Afghani of the future importance

idea if the Iran-Iraq wars ended in a tie, but it would be even better if it continued.” Israel and the United States shared the same strategic objective: to prolong the Iraq-Iran War as long as possible. To realize that objective, each armed a different side. Most observers agreed that, in the face of chilled relations with both the United States and the Soviet Union, Israel had emerged as an important supplier of parts and arms for the Islamic government of Iran. In March 1982, the New York

worried that I see 9/11 through lenses crafted in an earlier era—the late Cold War in Africa—I can only hope that this perspective will bring fresh illumination to a subject of common concern, without obscuring the ways in which 9/11 has indeed come to mark a turning point for America and the world. Good Muslim, Bad Muslim Listening to the public discussion in America after 9/11, I had the impression of a great power struck by amnesia. Acknowledging the epochal significance of the event

orientation but global consequences, and neoconservatism, which is marked by global ambitions. Its target is militant nationalism, in the Middle East and beyond. Though the methods have changed after 9/11, with proxy war giving way to outright invasion, the objective remains the same as under the Reagan administration: to target and liquidate militant nationalism through regime change. Dispensing with the Rule of Law Internationally The defining feature of modern Western

the most devoted, brave and probably the most destructive operator.” How does a man work so long, with no break? Do you know how I held out for 75 hours? I didn’t get off the tractor. I had no problem of fatigue, because I drank whisky all the time…. For three days, I just destroyed and destroyed. The whole area. Any house that they fired from came down. And to knock it down, I tore down some more…. If I am sorry for anything, it is for not tearing the whole camp down. If Kurdi Bear presented

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