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The Shade of Swords is the first cohesive history of Jihad, written by one of India's leading journalists and writers. In this paperback edition, updated to show how and why Saddam Hussein repositioned himself as a Jihadi against America, M.J. Akbar explains the struggle between Islam and Christianity. Placing recent events in a historical context, he tackles the tricky question of what now for Jihad following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. With British and American troops in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and once again in Iraq, the potential for Jihadi recruitment is ever increasing. Explaining how Jihad thrives on complex and shifting notions of persecution, victory and sacrifice, and illustrating how Muslims themselves have historically tried both to direct and control the phenomenon of Jihad, Akbar shows how Jihad pervades the mind and soul of Islam, revealing its strength and significance. To know the future, one needs to understand the past. M.J. Akbar's The Shade of Swords holds the key.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415328142
ISBN-10: 0415328144
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Pages: 364
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - M. J. Akbar

M J Akbar is an Indian Muslim and journalist, best-selling author, the founder and editor-in-chief of the Asian Age newspaper and former government advisor and official spokesman to Rajiv Ghandi. He is a respected expert on Indian and Middle Eastern politics.

Books By M. J. Akbar

Shade of Swords by M. J. Akbar
Hardback, May 2002
$151.20