Al Qaeda and what it means to be modern /
John Gray.
New York : New Press, 2003.
145 p. ; 20 cm .
1565848055 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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New York : New Press, 2003.
1565848055 (hbk. : alk. paper)
general note
Originally published in the United Kingdom by Faber and Faber Limited, 2003.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 121-132) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
John Gray is a professor of European thought at the London School of Economics
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While many Americans view the September 11th terrorist attack as the act of an anachronistic and dangerous sect, one that champions medieval and outmoded ideals, John Gray here argues that in fact the ideology of Al Qaeda is both Western and modern, a by-product of globalization's transnational capital flows and open borders. Indeed, according to Gray, Al Qaeda's utopian zeal to remake the world in its own image descends from the same Enlightenment creed that informed both the disastrous Soviet experiment and the new neoliberal dream of a global free market. In this ''excellent short introduction to modern thought'' (The Guardian), first published in 2003, Gray warns that the United States, once a champion of revolutionary economic and social change, must now understand its new foes. He also confronts some of the faults he perceives in Western ideology: the faith that global development will eradicate war and hunger, trust in technology to address the coming catastrophe of population explosion, and the belief that democracy is an infallible institution that can serve as political panacea for all.
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Exploring such topics as the collapse of the state and the rise of unconventional warfare, the history of the global free market and the revival of geopolitics, the modernity of fundamentalism and the prospects of an American Empire, this book is the leading British analyst's debunking of the modernity myth.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
What Al Qaeda destroyedp. 1
Three modern projectsp. 5
The original modernisersp. 27
A very short history of the global free marketp. 44
Geopolitics and the limits of growthp. 59
The metamorphosis of warp. 71
Pax Americana?p. 85
Why we still do not know what it means to be modernp. 101
Referencesp. 121
Indexp. 133
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