Edited by Aftab A. Malik
Published by Amal Press (Ltd), Bristol, UK, 2002.
Introduction by Khaled Abou El Fadl
Foreward by John Esposito
Includes numerous contributions by various authors including Noam Chomsky, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Francis A. Boyle and others. In addition to the introduction by Khaled Abou El Fadl, the book also includes his "Islam and the Theology of Power" as previously published in the Middle East Report.
From the Back Cover:
No �terrorist� gene is either known or likely to exist. What then drives people to maim, kill and destroy? What drives them to such desperation and rage that they would kill themselves and others? Tragically, CNN and the U.S. media have so far made little attempt to understand this state of mind. They seem afraid to understand the roots of terrorism lest they arrive at the obvious: the cruelty of the powerful begets hopelessness, and hopelessness leads to desperation that ultimately ends in violence and death.
Shattered Illusions is unashamedly a voice of dissent which brings together in one comprehensive volume, essays from intellectuals, human right activists, lawyers, journalists, and academics whose insights and perspectives provide both an intellectual and humane criticism of the Bush administration's current war policy. It not only challenges the framing of the war as a struggle between good and evil, but also critically assesses President George W. Bush's
explanation for anti-U.S. sentiments.
Shattered Illusions examines U.S. policies and actions in the Middle East, a focus of its "war on terror." But is "terrorism" what really lies at the heart of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, as the Sharon government contends? And what is driving the U.S. toward war with Iraq? Shattered Illusions explores the histories and implications of these conflicts for the United States and the peoples of the region.
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