Feb 26, 2021
Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden
Posted by Osama bin Laden Bruce B. Lawrence

Despite the saturation of global media coverage, Osama bin Laden s own writings have been curiously absent from analysis of the war on terror Over the last ten years, bin Laden has issued a series of carefully tailored public statements, from interviews with Western and Arabic journalists to faxes and video recordings These texts supply evidence crucial to an understanDespite the saturation of global media coverage, Osama bin Laden s own writings have been curiously absent from analysis of the war on terror Over the last ten years, bin Laden has issued a series of carefully tailored public statements, from interviews with Western and Arabic journalists to faxes and video recordings These texts supply evidence crucial to an understanding of the bizarre mix of Quranic scholarship, CIA training, punctual interventions in Gulf politics and messianic anti imperialism that has formed the programmatic core of Al Qaeda.In bringing together the various statements issued under bin Laden s name since 1994, this volume forms part of a growing discourse that seeks to demythologize the terrorist network Newly translated from the Arabic, annotated with a critical introduction by Islamic scholar Bruce Lawrence, this collection places the statements in their religious, historical and political context It shows how bin Laden s views draw on and differ from other strands of radical Islamic thought it also demonstrates how his arguments vary in degrees of consistency, and how his evasions concerning the true nature and extent of his own group, and over his own role in terrorist attacks, have contributed to the perpetuation of his personal mythology.

  • Title: Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama Bin Laden
  • Author: Osama bin Laden Bruce B. Lawrence
  • ISBN: 9781844670451
  • Page: 315
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Messages to the World The Statements of Osama Bin Laden Despite the saturation of global media coverage Osama bin Laden s own writings have been curiously absent from analysis of the war on terror Over the last ten years bin Laden has issued a series of

    Tim

    By far the best collection of resources towards understanding not only the primary figurehead enemy of the west, but the whole movement that has coalesced around radical Islam.Going beyond news reports and actually reading the rhetoric communicated to his followers, a picture of Bin Laden as an extremely talented orator, with from his twisted perspective rational goals emerges, instead of just a raging hater of all things western.The collection includes extremely useful footnotes, especially wit [...]


    Angel

    The good thing about this book, besides the text of Osama s words and messages, is that it is very well annotated Anytime Osama uses references to the Qu ran or other Islamic works, it is identified in the footnotes Also, other people, events, and so on are identified in order to provide context At times, looking at some of the footnotes can be interesting However, this is not exactly a page turner, part of the reason I gave it only two stars It is a bit slow reading Yet, Osama emerges as a very [...]


    Tori Jo Lau

    It is very interesting to read what bin Laden is actually saying, as our media shows very little of his opinions The texts are supplemented by the comments of an academic, to set it in context I don t agree with much of what Osama bin Laden states on anything, in a way But it s interesting to see that he is using logic in his statement Twisted, confused logic, but logic nonetheless It s not frothing at the mouth, it is intelligent, well written statements This only makes him terrifying.


    Kevin Qroft

    Don t believe the shameless fucks on TV, read the primary texts for yourself The importance of this book cannot be understated Based on fighting the messages contained in this text the US launched what is an ongoing imperial project with no end in sight.


    Elliott Bignell

    This collection of translated and annotated statements represents a unique historical record of a defining and divisive figure Although bin Laden appears to have been retired for some time, this shy do gooder enjoyed a certain Robin Hood status in the Islamic world, as if he had tried to reform their world solely by force of alms Given the possible consequences, it is worth understanding why I happened, due to a backlog, to buy it some time before bin Laden s death and read it after, so it has g [...]


    Owen

    Required reading for anyone trying to make sense of what s going on in the Middle East and the Muslim world generally And maybe importantly, it exposes some of the myths that have been built around the man as lies, and portrays him as a pious and warm hearted man who has felt moved by his God into taking action for his people He is not so unlike Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr except in terms of the strategic approach he has chosen to obtain such a liberation.


    Shane

    I read this book because it seemed crazy that I had seen so few of the words from someone who has been such a powerful figure in recent history Reading his speeches definitely took away the mystery I would have liked a little context for the speeches and he people bin Laden refers to, but to do so might have made it too long.


    Ted

    Really Liked It doesn t really fit, because I Really Did NOT like it.But, I and everyone who cares about others needs to know what is said in this book Cliff Notes on it would be better.At least everyone should read the first paragraph s of each chapter, cause they re kinda like chapter summaries forewords in advance.


    Pat Schakelvoort

    Very good read For the people who want to know what Bin Laden really thinks I like the part where he states that muslims who died in attacks in non muslim countries were breaking the islamic law and they shouldn t be there in the first place.


    Jen

    A fascinating insight into bin Laden s worldview This is a must read for anyone seeking to understand what motivates Islamic fundamentalist terrorism and why extremist groups are gaining the support of moderate Muslims.


    Royce Ratterman

    Read for personal research found this book s contents helpful and inspiring.A good book for the researcher and enthusiast.


    Michael Fogleman

    Read Letter to America online.


    Deborah

    Fascinating read provides an in depth understanding of Bin Laden s psych.


    Anisha

    I think everyone should read this book.



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