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The New Terrorism: Islamist International

D P Sharma (Author)
Synopsis The book deals perceptively and dispassionately with very old problem in a very new context: human response to human brutality. Terrorism is as old as human civilization. Throughout our historical record of over thousands year, terrorism in various forms, has been common, often destructive, varied in content yet similar in basic themes. To threaten, injure, or kill innocent bystanders in a circumstance of political, social or ideological compulsion is an ancient form of human behaviour. But to kill innocent people in the name of religion is a new phenomenon. Terrorism, which prevailed during the 1970s and 1980s, was an outgrowth of national liberation struggle, or of anti-capitalist movements. The new terrorism that emerged in the 1990s is pure and simple religious in nature and content. The question that comes to our mind after witnessing the horrific images of the aerial attacks on New York's World Trade Center is why anyone would want to do such a thing? As the twin towers crumbled in the cloud of dust another question emerges: why should anyone want to do such a thing in the name of religion? These are some of questions that have been addressed in the book. Islamic groups include both just Muslims and misguided ones. In order to differentiate between moderates and fundamentalists in Islam the word Islamists or Islamist terrorists has been used for Islamic radicals. In the book all aspects of Islamist terrorism including, rise of fundamentalism in Islam, financing, suicide attacks, Jihad, state sponsored terrorism, the form it is going to assume in future and how to tackle this monster, have been dealt with. An attempt has also been made to ascertain whether Islamist terrorism tantamount to clash of civilization, or something beyond it.
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About the author

D P Sharma

Dr D.P. Sharma did his M.A. in Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology from Allahabad University. He continued his field work and participated in various excavations at Pangoraria, Mansar, Naramada valley, Bhimbetka Chopani-Mando, Mehgara, Koldihwa, Mahadaha, Sringavepur and Bhardwaj Ashram. Besides this, he did extensive exploration in districts of fatehpur, Pratap Garh, Allahabad of U.P. and Buddhani area of Madhya Pradesh. Another significant contribution of Author is discovery of Menander-I (Posthumous) Brahmi inscription from reh. During 1983-84, he was awarded  Commonwealth scholarship and he meritiously qualified M.A. (Archeology) with specialization on Palaeolithic-Mesolithic of world, from Institute of Archaeology, University of London. He participated in the excavation of Suxxes (U.K.) and Pincenvent (France). He has completed D.Phil. research in Allahabad University. In 1985, he joined as Dy. Keeper at National Museum, New Delhi. In 1993, he was promoted as Keeper in National Museum. At present he is Associate Professor in National Museum Institute and Head of Collection, Harappan and pre-history, national Museum, New Delhi. He has 20 books and 175 research papers in his credit.

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Title The New Terrorism: Islamist International
Author D P Sharma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176487996
length xi+615p., 23cm.