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Author: Robin Wright
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Title: Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1 edition (July 19, 2011)
Pages: 320

Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World by Robin Wright



Personal Name: Wright, Robin . 1948-. Written by a veteran reporter, this is an up close portrait of the fierce struggle between moderates and extremists taking place within the Islamic world today. Why don't Muslims challenge the violent extremists among them? Well, they do. Here she cites the clerics, comedians, and rappers who challenge al Qaeda violence; the women who are launching liberation movements; and the former jihadists who openly reject violence. These Muslims all want to build a better Islam, on their own, not Western, terms. Geographic Name: Islamic countries Politics and government 21st century.

provides invaluable context for what she rightly terms 'the epic convulsion across the Islamic world' by listening to voices we don't usually hear. Muslims themselves will decide their future. - Los Angeles Times". Robin Wright is a gem, a widely acclaimed author with a worldwide appeal as a professional journalist. She visited over 20 countries in the region and interviewed key clerics and other notables.

With a subtitle like "Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World," you'd think this book might have something to do with the events of the Arab Spring, wouldn't you? Well, you'd be wrong. I'm guessing that the book was largely written before the Arab Spring, but was then revised so that current events would help boost sales. Although this book has been illuminating about nascent dissident movements and figures in the Islamic world. I think it is full of wishful thinking and over-interpretation of some positive anti-extremism trends. The author tries to build a case that modern Muslims are increasingly going against extremism and tries to point out signs of this. She is simply over optimistic.

Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Praise for Rock the Casbah. 2012 Winner of the Overseas Press Club award for best book on international affairs. The Washington Post, 50 notable works of nonfiction. Foreign Policy Association: Top Five Foreign Policy Books of 2011.

Journalist Robin Wright tells of a "counter-jihad" – a rebellion of the young and hip – now hitting the Muslim world. Wright’s 2008 book, Dreams and Shadows, profiled individuals who were offering disparate experiments with empowerment in the world’s most troubled region. Wright extends that analysis in her new book, Rock the Casbah (the title comes from the song by the punk rock band The Clash). The book contends that the Middle East is rebelling against.

In "Rock the Casbah," she provides invaluable context for what she rightly terms "the epic convulsion across the Islamic world" by listening to voices we don't usually hear. Wright focuses sections of her book on Islamic youth culture as an instrument of change. Young Muslims, she finds, do not believe their religion requires them to live by rules that have more to do with the practices of a patriarchal 7th-century society than the teachings of the Koran. But many of them are also "strikingly religious and observant.

On July 13, the Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a book launch and discussion with Wright about her newly released book Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, moderated the event. Wright provided an overview of the ongoing Arab rebellions, one of four major turning points for the Middle East over the past century. The other three included the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the creation of Israel, and the Iranian Revolution

Praise for Rock the Casbah. provides invaluable context for what she rightly terms ‘the epic convulsion across the Islamic world’ by listening to voices we don’t usually hea. .Anyone seeking deeper understanding of the Arab Spring needs to read Wright’s formidably well-informed boo.

An up-close portrait of the ongoing internal struggle by secular and religious moderates to rescue Islam from the small, violent, and virulent minority that threatens it.A decade after the 9/11 attacks, this groundbreaking book by a preeminent reporter takes readers deep into the struggle within the Muslim world where a growing movement defies and challenges extremism and repudiates Osama bin Laden, his deviant doctrine, and his violent disciples. Robin Wright, an acclaimed foreign correspondent and television commentator, has witnessed the angry birth, violent rise, and globalization of Islamic militancy for almost four decades. In her recent reporting, she discovers a stunning new trend spreading within the Muslim world—the rejection of Islamic extremists. This is a historic evolution, slow to take off but now reaching critical mass. This trend is increasingly visible as clerics publicly repudiate Osama bin Laden, Muslim comedians ridicule militancy altogether, young Muslims rap against guns and bombs, women scholars launch liberation movements using the Koran, Pakistani villagers resist Taliban intrusions, and former Egyptian jihadis debate and then denounce violence. This new jihad, which Wright describes in its many manifestations, has various goals.For some Muslims, it’s about reforming the faith. For others, it’s about reforming political systems. For all, it is about achieving basic rights—on their own terms, not Western ones. What is at its heart is the rejection of venomous ideologies, suicide bombs, plane hijackings, hostage-takings, and mass violence. Muslims, Wright demonstrates, are doing what the West cannot—confronting extremism on its own terms and rescuing the faith from a virulent minority and changing history.
Reviews: 7
Narder
Robin Wright is experienced and knowledgeable of the Middle East and of Islam in general. Her exemplary historical reviews and the complexities of Islam are truly noteworthy. Her book, "Rock the Casbah" was written in 2011 however, the nascent ISIS has surfaced as a threat to the region. The information contained in her book is still relevant and influential.

Robin Wright is a gem, a widely acclaimed author with a worldwide appeal as a professional journalist. She visited over 20 countries in the region and interviewed key clerics and other notables. Her writing style made for interesting reading. She explains her idea of a "soft revolution" where "Hip-Hop" music, and other protest models, as new challenges, are used by young people to rant against the regimes of oppression and treachery. These ideas have not been revealed before as a tactic of dissent. Accordingly, change is slowly coming to the Middle East by way of the transplanted American genre of "rap".

This is an excellent book, filled with stories from native folks about their culture and how they are coping with the demands of their leaders, living in a "bubble" often without "free will".

Bruce E. McLeod, Jr.
Las Vegas, Nevada
6 September 2015
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Most books written by journalists tend to feel like "compilations" (word stolen from a fellow reviewer), and this one is no exception. The basic theme -- Islam as laid down in the Koran is far more inclusive and accepting than most Westerners think -- is established early on, and the later chapters merely echo the core assertion. Proof tends to be anecdotal, with the second section -- which quotes at great length from comedians, rappers and poets -- being the least persuasive of the lot.

But in its eagerness to open our eyes to the "counter-jihad" within the religion, Wright skips a more interesting point, namely the power struggle between conservatives and modernists. As other reviewers have noted, the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt -- which came after the book was completed -- shows that turning back clearly IS an option for many countries in the region. And it suggests there is more support for the old ways than Wright would lead one to think.

For Westerners who associate all Muslims with Osama Bin Laden, this book is an eye-opener. But as a guide to understanding the internecine conflicts going on today in Syria, Libya, Iraq, etc. it contributes very little.
Hasirri
Robin Wright's latest book, Rock the Casbah, is a one idea book, but the idea that she presents is important. The one idea that surfaces on every page of this book is - to use her phrase - the "counter-jihad" that is taking place in almost every Arab and Middle Eastern country.

This "counter-jihad" is a pervasive and powerful reaction against the authoritarian regimes that have dominated the Middle East for the last 50 years. It takes a variety of expression from straight-out political protest, to poetry, to music, to plays, to feminism, etc. But it has one common theme, namely, liberation from the stranglehold with which these dictators have exercised complete control over their populations.

Wright believes that this "counter-jihad," the leadership of which is youthful, is so powerful that it is destined to totally and completely "Rock the Casbah," i.e., it will overcome the prevailing dictatorships in most if not all of the 21 Arab and 70 Middle Eastern countries about which she writes.

Wright is , as they say, "cautiously optimistic" about this movement. She thinks that it is destined to prevail, By that she means that the "old order" will not survive, but as to what will replace it she is agnostic. No one, she argues, has a crystal ball as to what the ultimate fate of these countries will be.

She does point out, however, that this movement is definitively not "pro western." It is an authentic intra-middle eastern revolution, based on the totalitarian experences that these several hundred million people have experienced for the last several generations.
lolike
I heard Robin Wright interviewed on PBS NewsHour. That interview led me to purchase this book which is essentially a series of events that occurred in Arabic/Muslim countries over the past 12-15 months. The book provided to me an understanding of what ignited the recent protests in the Arab/Muslim world. I now have considerably more hope for democratic style freedoms in those areas of the world. This is a very readable book, one that the reader will enjoy while being informed.
Skiletus
Impressed. Robin does just a wonderful job of connecting with the average men and women of the Middle East to get insights into their thoughts, their desires, hopes and dreams. The theme is the counter-Jihad movement to counteract the violence of the Jihadists and Al-Qaeda. This book covers, Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and other countries during the tumultuous times of 2006-2011. She covers a shift in the leadership thoughts of going from preaching violence and death to America to peace and projecting Islam as peaceful. While Al Queda is still active and hard at work in Mali, Libya, Yemen and other places, there is hope that peace will reign.

Excellent book. Still timely
Swiang
Rock the Casbah has been a great help in re-adjusting my view of things Arabian. Wright's book is perhaps overly positive, if anything, but that's probably needed in the light of all the negative reports we hear about the Arab world, and our sense that every person of Arab descent that we meet is out to do us harm. But more than that, Wright obviously has her finger on the pulse of the Arab world, and brings to light in her book a wealth of material that doesn't get reported in the Western press. I've highlighted my copy in dozens of places.