Good Muslim, Bad Muslim

America, the Cold War, and the Roots of Terror

By Mahmood Mamdani
Three Leaves Publishing, Paperback, 9780385515375, 304pp.

Publication Date: June 21, 2005

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Description

In this brilliant look at the rise of political Islam, the distinguished political scientist and anthropologist Mahmood Mamdani brings his expertise and insight to bear on a question many Americans have been asking since 9/11: how did this happen? Good Muslim, Bad Muslim is a provocative and important book that will profoundly change our understanding both of Islamist politics and the way America is perceived in the world today.




About the Author
Mahmood Mamdani is Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of "Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism" (Princeton), which won the Herskovitz prize of the African Studies Association. Among his other books are "The Myth of Population Control, From Citizen to Refugee," and "Politics and Class Formation in Uganda." He is currently President of the Dakar-based Council for Development of Social Research in Africa (CODESRIA).



Praise For Good Muslim, Bad Muslim

“Mamdani strips open the lies, stereotypes, and easy generalizations on which U.S. policy toward the Muslim world is founded. Dismaying but essential reading.” —J. M. Coetzee

“This provocative and thoughtful inquiry raises hard and serious questions. It is a valuable contribution to the understanding of some of the most important developments in the contemporary era.” —Noam Chomsky

Good Muslim, Bad Muslim is a brief, readable plea to Americans to stop listening to the shuck and jive about a ‘clash of civilizations’ and start learning some practical political history.” —The Village Voice

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