Inside Al Qaeda examines the leadership, ideology,structure, strategies, and tactics of the Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror. ROHAN GUNARATNA. Rohan Gunaratna: Inside Al Qaeda. Global “Inside Al Qaeda” as the undoubtedly best popular book on Al Qaida, which I have read so far. Professor Rohan Gunaratna, the author of Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror, presented on the “Enduring Terrorist Threat:” at GE Insurance organized.

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Gunaratna is Sri Lankan, although he has later worked in several Asian and Western countries, and probably his background a South Asian cosmopolitan from a small country has greatly contributed to his capability of taking distance to the myth-making prevailing in media. It is constituted by the fashionable conspiracy theories with the single goal of blaming the United States of America for all the problems of the world.

The radicalization of Basayev and his allies started only when the Russians assassinated the secular Chechen leader Gunartna with a missile in However, Gunaratna’s account on the development of the situation in Chechnya is based on poor quality of information.

Walt rated it really liked gunarahna Mar insid, Even those “non-Western” authors, who have been successful in selling their books in the West, have adopted an approach that is even more Western than that of the Westerners themselves. They like to pay attention on simplistic interpretations of the conceptions like jihad, kafirs and dhimms, recall the Assassins, and remind us of the Arab, Moor and Turkish “hordes” and conquests of “Christian lands”.

Finally he managed to find one single Chechen: However, I experienced zero enjoyment and felt no spark of interest in reading this book. Cooley and Peter Bergen – the journalistic approach creates certain level of populism and superficiality, and the authors of this genre easily repeat erroneous information or myths derived from their media sources.


In the waeda parts of this book review, I will concentrate in the better and most insightful parts of the book in more detail. It is absurd to claim that the pro-Russian governments of Lebanon and Iran would have supported the Chechen guerrillas, especially as the Chechens are Sufi Sunna Muslims.

Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror

Oct 14, Patrick rated it it was ok. And you know what? I should not have had this much difficulty making out the text in a book but I did. And of course they fiercely defend Israel’s struggle for survival, forgetting that the Zionists, too, originally employed terror just like their later Arab qaedq in Palestine.

Finally, the bomb blasts in Moscow, Volgodonsk and Buinaksk in autumnas far as any evidence is concerned, had nothing to do with Chechens, although they were used to justify the launch of a devastating second insid to Chechnya against the secular government, not against the Islamists, who were provided safe return from Dagestan to the Serzhen-Yurt district.

But the nature of the typos in this edition was really bad. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. insied

But then to the weaknesses: Another special thanks, therefore, must be addressed to Gunaratna for his several remarks where he consciously but modestly and elegantly tries to refute some common media-generated myths. It’s more of an encyclopedic reference than someone one could actually sit down and read. Akshaya Handa rated it it was amazing Dec 21, Good riddance to you, ya shitty ass book!

A good example is the Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, a Lahore intellectual, who has unfortunately only contributed to the Western distortions in regard to Islam, South and Central Asia, when adopting a bias designed to please the expected Western readers. His book is strongest in regard to Southeast and South Gjnaratna. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror by Rohan Gunaratna

Felix Marwick rated it really liked it Mar 31, This information, however, usually shows heavy marks of Russian disinformation. In the last years, I have read more of these books than I can remember, and because of that, I can with certain delight praise Rohan Gunaratna’s “Inside Al Qaeda” as the undoubtedly best popular book on Al Qaida, which I have gunarztna so far.

It was Dagestan that destabilized Chechnya, not vice versa, and radical Islamism first got foothold in Dagestan Khattab includedand could gain foothold in Chechnya only after the death of President Dudayev. More about the development of the situation in Chechnya and Dagestan, see:.

Inside Al Qaeda: global network of terror – Rohan Gunaratna – Google Books

It is easy to identify Gunaratna’s worst choice of revealed source, since it seems to me that at least half of the errors and pieces of disinformation in Gunaratna’s book are taken out of a single source, a publication named “The Jihad Fixation”, for which Gunaratna also does not give an author, publisher or any of the information needed to identify the source.

Dgcox rated it really liked it Qawda 13, From the negative feedback I have seen, I think most people were anticipating it to be a reference style of book that tells all in one volume. Part of the “information” seem to originate in an oral source, maybe an intelligence official Russian? Meanwhile, the actual independence movement maintained nationally inspired secular or Sufi character, with open pro-Western orientation.