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"The ultimate manifestation of jihad began with the attack against New York. From Egypt to the Emirates, I made observations and extracted confessions". One of the world's foremost experts on Islam and Islamism, Kepel returned to the Middle East even as New York was still struggling with shock and dust. This book is a dispatch from history's most contentious region during a period of breaking news. While sensing the omens of a new war, Kepel's account reveals that - as ever - the realities are more complex than commonly understood. Bin Laden is popular and religious fervour is on the rise, but many people have also found the path of moderation without blunting their critical instincts. Kepel also asks the question that may be the key to making sense of it all: Why is there so much resentment towards, but fascination for, the West?
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'Kepel is a master at teasing out conflicts within cultures and within individuals. He writes with deep knowledge, sympathy and engagement.' Washington Post 'This short, very personal and occasionally lyrical diary valiantly attempts to rid us of preconceptions ... engaging and revealing, it reminds the reader that opinion in the Arab world is as divided, diverse and polarized on the great questions of the day as it is in the west.' The Financial Times 'Bad Moon Rising is peppered with illuminating observations. The book provides an ominous insight into the negative repercussions that will inevitably follow the US-led military invasion of Iraq.' The Table 'An incisive and exciting book by the most eminent specialist on Islamic affairs.' Le Nouvel Observateur 'A fantastic book.' Le Figaro 'A brilliant piece of writing.' Le Point