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1 Faisal Devji
Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality, Modernity
Hurst & Company; London, UK; 1850657750 / 9781850657750; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
The militant Islam represented by Al Qaeda is often described as a global movement. Apart from the geographical range of its operations and support, little else is held to define it as ‘global’. Its militants’ international mobility and their technological sophistication are portrayed as the only signs of the jihadi’s globalisation. Landscapes of the Jihad explores the features that Al-Qaeda and other strands of militant Islam share in common with global movements such as environmentalists and anti-globalisation protestors. These include a decentralized organization and an emphasis on ethical rather than properly political action. Devji brings these and other characteristics of Al Qaeda together in an analysis of the jihad that locates it squarely within the transformation of political thought after the Cold War. The jihad emerges from the breakdown of traditional as well as modern forms of authority in the Muslim world. It is neither dogmatic in an old-fashioned way nor ideological in the modern sense, and concerned neither with correct doctrinal practice in the present nor with some revolutionary utopia of the future. Instead it is fragmented, dispersed and highly individualistic. Contents Acknowledgements Preface Chapters 1. Effects without Causes 2. A Democratic History of Holy War 3. Monotheistic Geographies 4. Media and Martyrdom 5. The Death of God 6. New World Order Notes Index. Printed Pages: 201. 027084

Price: 22.00 USD
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2 Shurti Kapila & Faisal Devji (Eds)
Political Thought in Action: The Bhagavad Gita and Modern India
Cambridge University Press; New Delhi, India; 2013; 1107033950 / 9781107033955; Hardcover; New; New; 
This volume brings together a group of intellectual and social historians to discuss the way in which modern interpretations of the Gita have focused on war and violence rather than peace and stability as a site for thinking about politics. The essays gathered here look at the Gita as a philosophical and ethical text both within South Asia and also on its ‘outward journey’ into western political debate. Though part of an ancient epic tradition the Gita did not achieve its current eminence until very recently. Its resurgence and reinterpretation in short is coterminous with the formation of modern life and politics. But if modern commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita cannot be described simply as participating in some ancient and continuing tradition neither should they be seen merely as the epiphenomena of an abstraction like capitalism that supposedly constitutes the true reality of Indian society. This set of essays seeks to intervene in current debates within political thought and intellectual history and to offer new perspectives on both. They do so with the presumption that the place of India and its political thought is instructive for and foundational in the making of the national and post-national global order. The book would be of interest to academic researchers as well as general readers interested in South Asian History Indian philosophy and religion.Printed Pages: 220. 101433

Price: 13.50 USD
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