The first Jihad : the battle for Khartoum and the dawn of militant Islam / by Daniel Allen Butler.
Publication year: c2007.
Call Number DT156.6 .B88 2007
Media class: Book
Publisher: Philadelphia : Casemate
ISBN: 9781932033540 1932033548
Additional information: ix, 260 p.,  p. of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm.
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"Before there was Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, or Ayatollah Khomeini, there was the Mahdi -- the "Expected One" -- who raised the Arabs in pan-tribal revolt against so-called infidels in the late 19th-century Sudan... In 1880, he declared himself the Mahdi, raised the banner of holy war, and thousands of warriors flocked to his side. The Mahdi's army was able to crush several expeditionary forces dispatched from British-controlled Egypt to stem his uprising... Muhammed Ahmed's words have been repeated almost verbatim by the Islamic jihadists who have attacked New York, Washington, Madrid, and London, and who continue to wage war from the Hindu Kush to the Mediterranean. This deeply researched work reminds us that the "clash of civilizations" that supposedly came upon us in September 2001 in fact began much earlier"-- Dust jacket.
The land and the prophet -- The coming of the Mahdi -- Revolt in the desert -- The city between the rivers -- Gordon -- The siege begins -- London and Cairo -- The duel -- The relief column -- The fall of Khartoum -- The death of the Mahdi -- Omdurman.
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