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Siege of Mecca

The Forgotten Uprising in Islam's Holiest Shrine

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20 November, 1979: as morning prayers began, hundreds of hardline Islamist gunmen, armed with rifles smuggled in coffins, stormed the Grand Mosque in Mecca. This work takes us through one of the momentous events in history, interviewing many participants in the siege and reveals the truth about the first operation of modern global jihad. Les mer

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20 November, 1979: as morning prayers began, hundreds of hardline Islamist gunmen, armed with rifles smuggled in coffins, stormed the Grand Mosque in Mecca. This work takes us through one of the momentous events in history, interviewing many participants in the siege and reveals the truth about the first operation of modern global jihad.

Detaljer

Forlag
Penguin Books Ltd
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
320
ISBN
9780141034065
Utgivelsesår
2008
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

Yaroslav Trofimov joined The Wall Street Journal in 1999 and in 2001 became a roving foreign correspondent in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, and the Balkans. He is also the author of Faith at War: A Journey on the Frontlines of Islam, from Baghdad to Timbuktu.

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«Riveting»

Sunday Times

«A thriller-like account of an event largely hushed up»

The Times

«A gripping, highly informed narrative»

Financial Times

«The first detailed account of the event … brilliantly researched and eye-opening … this is undoubtedly a book of international significance»

Herald

«A gripping and revealing account of this brutal uprising … The Siege of Mecca is a marvel of investigative journalism … Trofimov's viciously gory account unfolds with a sharp eye for detail and accuracy»

Ziauddin Sardar, New Statesman

«Trofimov tells this tale with considerable verve and authority. He has interviewed many of the surviving witnesses and participants in a country suffused with fear and paranoia, and sets the siege within a wider historical context»

Michael Burleigh, Literary Review

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