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The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda

Fawaz A. Gerges


This book argues that Al-Qaeda has degenerated into a fractured, marginal body kept alive largely by the self-serving anti-terrorist bureaucracy it helped to spawn. The book argues that the Western powers have become mired in a “terrorism narrative,” stemming from the mistaken belief that America is in danger of a devastating attack by a crippled al-Qaeda. To explain why al-Qaeda is no longer a threat, it provides a briskly written history of the organization, showing its emergence from the disintegrating local jihadist movements of the mid-1990s—not just the Afghan resistance of the 1980s, as ... More

Keywords: al-Qaeda, terrorism narrative, jhadist movements, Afghan resistance, bin Laden, Middle East, Afghanistan-Parkistan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199790654
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199790654.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fawaz A. Gerges, author
London School of Economics

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