Tracy Dahlby's Allah's Torch: A Report from Behind the Scenes in Asia's War PDF

By Tracy Dahlby

ISBN-10: 0060561114

ISBN-13: 9780060561116

ISBN-10: 0061581186

ISBN-13: 9780061581182

On the front–lines with the development of Al Queda forces in Indonesia either ahead of and after Sept. 11, written in provocative type through the previous Asia bureau leader for Newsweek foreign.

In Allah's Torch, nationwide Geographic's Tracy Dahlby takes readers into the sprawling, porous, almost lawless area of Indonesia, the place overlapping strains of radical Islamic rage at the moment are converging in Asia, posing new threats to Westerners at domestic and abroad.

From the instant the journey starts, the evening the writer errors on board an Indonesian passenger send with six hundred Islamic warriors on an anti–Christian jihad, readers glimpse the passions, politics and personalities fuelling radical Islam's relentless march. We pay attention as Koran–thumping preachers, hardened holy warriors and fresh–faced recruits, police investigators, army commandos, and spies attempt to make feel of the epidemic chaos that threatens the quarter – and now the area beyond.

Based on reporting either sooner than and after September eleven, Allah's Torch is an action–packed and thought–provoking narrative that allows readers to determine the face of Islamic terror extra basically and examine the probability for themselves.

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Meanwhile Norman heaped his plate with victuals and dug in with the determination of a high school wrestler trying to eat his way into the next higher weight classification. ” I said. “Lots of police on this ship, Boss. ” Waggling his fork at a group of hard-looking men who hovered near the exit in camouflage battle dress with machine guns slung Unhappy Campers | 41 over their shoulders, Norman said, “Wow, military security, too. ” “No shit, Sherlock,” I said, not even slightly reassured by the tight security arrangements.

Typical of Southeast Asia’s radical Muslim brotherhood, Jaffar had rallied to the defense of the Islamic heartlands in the 1980s by joining the fight to end the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. It was there, and while attending a militant “prep” school in neighboring Pakistan, that he studied the unforgiving Wahabi brand of Islam and met fellow holy-warrior-in-training Osama bin Laden. 3 Nonetheless, there were some worrying similarities. The two men were bound together not only by their shared experiences as anti-Soviet guerrillas, but by an unwavering belief in pressing the worldwide Islamic community to return to the pure salafi form of Islam—at the point of a scimitar or rocket-propelled grenade launcher,if necessary.

Paul Berman, “The Philosopher of Islamic Terror,” New York Times Magazine, March 23, 2003. Also see, Occidentalism:The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies (New York: The Penguin Press, 2004), by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit. 2. org. Unhappy Campers | 39 world’s only defense against such unprincipled enemies was to impose a sort of wartime discipline on its societies by restoring God’s sovereignty through selfless jihad and the rule of Islamic law. And while for many of us in the West shariah is synonymous with unacceptably harsh punishments (the loss of limbs and digits for thievery, or death by stoning for an extramarital fling), Paul Berman points out that for Qutb it “meant freedom of conscience .

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