Al Qaeda and what it Means to be Modern

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Faber & Faber, 2007 - 145 síđur
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Fundamentalist terror movements are seen as reversions to medievalism, backlashes against a way of life that is the same everywhere. This view is a mirage. Thinking of modernity as a universal condition is a hindrance to understanding the present. Gray goes back to the origins of our notion of modernity in early nineteenth-century Positivism.

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Umsögn notanda  - horacewimsey - LibraryThing

Read this for an undergraduate political science class. A very good read. Short and to the point, this book gets to the bottom of the situation really quickly and lets us know that we're dealing with a different people here and one that we're not likely to sway quickly if at all. Read full review

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Umsögn notanda  - jguy7500 - LibraryThing

An interesting read, showing how Al Qaeda is a product of the modern world. It also goes into the history of "modern", and how the ideas behind the modern, Western, world evolved. That makes for a ... Read full review

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John Gray is a professor of European thought at the London School of Economics, and the author of False Dawn and Two Faces of Liberalism. He lives in London.

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