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The Road to Al-Qaeda: the Story of Bin Laden's Right Hand Man.

THE ROAD TO THE STORY RIGHT HAND MAN By Montasser Al Zayyat, translated by Ahmed Fekry and edited by Sara Nimis ISBN 0 7453 2175 5 price 10.99 [pounds sterling] paperback

This book by an Egyptian human rights lawyer is an English-language account of the development of tensions between violent and non-violent factions in radical Islamist movements, from the perspective of an insider, looking at how a minority extremist ideology came to have such an impact on world events. It is also a biography of one of the world's most-wanted terrorists: Egyptian-born Dr Ayman Al Zawahiri. Widely recognised as Osama bin Laden's right-hand man, he is also the reputed architect of terrorist attacks worldwide. The original version of this book sold widely across the Arabic world. Providing an insight into the internal politics of Islamic Jihad, and the radicalisation of Bin Laden's deputy; it examines Zawahiri's opposition to efforts by other militant Islamists to call a ceasefire with the Egyptian authorities; and narrates the redirection of Zawahiri's activities towards the US and Israel.
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Author:Rhodes, Fred
Publication:The Middle East
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Apr 1, 2004
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