A decade after the 9/11 attacks, this groundbreaking and brilliantly received book takes readers deep into rebellions against both autocrats and extremists that are redefining politics, culture, and security across the Islamic world and beyond.
A decade after the 9/11 attacks, Robin Wright’s Rock the Casbah took readers deep into rebellions against both autocrats and extremists that were redefining politics, culture, and security across the Islamic world. A year after the Arab Spring, she went back to Egypt and Tunisia where it had all started for an epilogue, The Morning After, describing the new reality—that creating a new order is as hard as ousting the old one. In this brilliant follow-up report, Wright describes the hopes and the turmoil of the region through the words of those who are living it.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
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About the Author
Robin Wright has reported from 140 countries for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Time, The Atlantic, The Sunday Times, and others. She has been a fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Yale, Duke, and Stanford. She is the author of seven books on international affairs.
Table of Contents
Prologue The Sandstorm 1
Part 1 Extreme Makeover 13
1 The Scent of Jasmine 15
2 The Counter-jihad 41
3 The Big Chill 65
4 A Midsummer's Eve 90
Part 2 A Different Tune 113
5 Hip-Hop Islam 115
6 The New Chic 138
7 The Living Poets Society 160
8 Satellite Sheikhs and YouTube Imams 176
9 The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour 189
10 Jihad Jones and the Kalashnikov Babes 214
Part 3 A Wild Ride 227
11 The Beginning of the Beginning 229
12 The Diplomatic Pas de Deux 244
Epilogue The Morning After 257
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The author accurately describes the book as having "counterintuitive themes". She does a good job in trying to describe all of the different forces at play in the Middle East today. The problem is that things are changing so rapidly in the Middle East that even though the book was published this year (2011), there are already some inaccuracies.
Outstanding and very timely book. Wright is a journalist who has reported from the Middle East since before the Iranian Revolution, and her knowledge of the region has both depth and breadth. Only someone this knowledgeable could have produced a book with this much information on the events of the Arab Spring within months, and can speak to Muslim culture as well as politics and current events.One of the most important takeaways from the book is that the Muslim world is so young, with large percentages of the population being under 30. Another is that the Muslim world and the Arabic world are no longer the same - of the five countries with the largest Muslim populations, none are ethinically Arab. Yet another is that while most Muslims have turned away from the violent extremists, they have not become secular. Many are redefining the religion to better fit the freedoms they desire, including free speech, democracy, and women's rights, but are still faithful.The first part of the book discusses pro-democracy events in Tunisia, Egypt, and Iran. The second part discusses how culture is changing and how things like poetry, hiphop music, and comedy are part of the counter-jihad movement. The third part discusses Arab Spring events in other countries, the U.S. reaction, and recomendations for future U.S. policy. Excellent and highly recommended book.
Somehow, back in 2011, when Robin Wright's enlightening book, "Rock the Casbah" was first published, I missed it! Then Ms. Wright was a panelist on Fareed Zakaria's GPS program on CNN and I realized this was a Must Read book! Her epic work deftly summarizes the modern history of the Middle East, interprets and analyzes the evolution of political Islam and the basis for the use of terrorism to carry out jihad. She goes on to provide what The Economist termed a "corrective" to the impression that prevails in most media news reports that there are no voices of tolerant, peace-loving Muslims. Through her conversations with poets, dramatists, bloggers, rappers, comedians, movie makers, and feminists, she shows that those voices are there, struggling to be heard. Since these counter-jihad voices have been directed mostly toward the rest of the Muslim world, perhaps we can be excused for not knowing of their existence. And, after all, it is the rest of the Muslim World who must be convinced that not only are the acts of terror not been effective, as evidenced by the continuing poverty, unemployment, war, and violence in the Middle East, but that these acts of terror have done much to damage the reputation of this great religion and it's followers in the eyes of the rest of the world. I find it significant that the more dramatic episodes of atrocity and cruelty perpetrated by the extreme jihadists, such as ISIS have reached a level that has caused the counter-jihad voices to become more frequent and more vehement. I look forward to Ms. Wright's observations as these events continue. Ms. Wright has written an essential book for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Islamic world as it is today and its a good read, too!
A must read!