History of politico-religous movements- Islamists and neocons

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    This thread is to basically document scholars mainly from the western perspective focussin on Arab muslim Islamists groups and their later offsprings the "Jihadists" groups. This particular post is a BBC documentary that does a nice history of the Islamists movement comparing it with the history of the neocon movement. Just focussing on the Islamists history is enough if you want to ignore the neocon part.











     
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    Conversations Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Steve Coll, Pulitzer prize winning author of Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden for a discussion of how the superpower conflict in the last stages of the Cold War, U.S. foreign policy before and after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the political dynamics of South Asia created the setting in which Islamic terrorism took root and flourished.

    Steve Coll as some of you may know heads the influential New America Foundation that impacts US foreign policy making in many ways. His book Ghost Wars is what President Obama was reading just before he got elected.
     
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    Conversations with History host Harry Kreisler welcomes Professor Fawaz A. Gerges for a discussion the origins, evolution and future direction of Islamic militancy.

    Again mainly an Arab focus. Fawaz Gerges is an American of Christian Lebanese origin but being an Arabic speaker he brings some important insights. Author of "The Far Enemy: Why Jihad went Global" (I have a pdf version if interested, just PM me). An interesting tidbit is the fact that all muslim countries and organisations including some Jihadi organisations not affliated with OBL unanimously condemned the 9/11 attacks and he has about 60 pages devoted to just this aspect where he collects statements of various religious scholars as well as Jihadi leaders.

     
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