Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution by Alastair Crooke (Author)

This book traces the essence of the Islamist Revolution from its origins in Egypt, through Najaf, Lebanon, Iran and the Iranian Revolution to today. Alastair Crooke presents a compelling account of the ideas and energy which are mobilising the Islamic world.

The story of the emerging Islamist Revolution is largely one of an Islamic response to western thinking based around individualism and personal relationships with the divine, juxtaposed to the Islamist demand to place human values above politics and self-interest. Crooke argues that the West faces a mass mobilization against the US-led Western project. The roots of this conflict are described in terms of religious themes that extend back over 500 years. They represent clashing systems of thinking and values. Islamists have a vision for the future of their own societies which would entail radical change from Western norms. Resistance is presented as the means to force Western behaviour to change and to expose the essential differences between the two modes of thinking.

This is a rigorous account that traces the threads of revolution of various movements, including the influence of ‘political Shi’ism’ and the Iranian Revolution and its impact on Hezbollah and Hamas.

Alastair Crooke was advisor to EU High Representative, Javier Solana, in the Middle East, 1997-2003. He was involved in facilitating a series of de-escalations of violence and military withdrawals in Palestine with Islamist movements from 2000-2003 and the end to the Bethlehem Church of the Nativity siege. He was a staff member of the Mitchell Committee into the causes of the Intifada in 2000. He is Director and founder of Conflicts Forum.

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The Islamist Revolution


With a weak and divided leadership amongst the Palestinians, a new right wing government in Israel, and recurring political instability throughout the broader Middle East, the salience of different types of Islamist groups on regional and international politics is not likely to be on the wane anytime soon. Policy wonks and diplomats in Europe and the United States continue to debate how to respond to the continued successes of such groups.

Introducing his new book Resistance: The Essence of the Islamist Revolution, Alastair Crooke will provide background on what he calls the “Islamist Revolution” in the Middle East, helping to offer strategic insights into the origins and logic of Islamist groups which have adopted military resistance as a tactic, including Hamas and Hizbollah.

Tracing the essence of the Islamist Revolution from its origins in Egypt, through Najaf, Lebanon, Iran and the Iranian Revolution up to the present day, Crooke unlocks some of the thorniest issues surrounding stability in the current Middle East landscape.

Crooke, who is Director and Founder of Conflicts Forum and based in Beirut, is a former Mideast adviser to EU High Representative Javier Solana, was a senior staff member of Senator Mitchell’s Fact-Finding Committee into the causes of the Intifada in 2000-2001, and has mediated cease-fire negotiations with Israel, Islamic Jihad, and Hamas in the past. He has become one of the most hands-on, informed, and controversial interpreters of modern political Islamism.

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