on reporting from more than a dozen Islamic countries,
Faith at War offers an unforgettable portrait of the
Muslim world after September 11. Choosing to invert
the question of what "they" have done to "us,"
Wall Street Journal reporter Yaroslav Trofimov
examines the unprecedented American intrusion in the
Muslim heartland and the ripples it has caused far beyond
the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. What emerges
is a penetrating portrait of people, faith, and countries
better known in caricature than reported detail. The
ordinary Muslims, influential clerics, warlords, jihadis,
intellectuals and heads of state we meet are engaged
in conversations that reveal the Muslim world to us
from a new, unexpected perspective.
Mali, one of the most successful democracies in Africa,
we encounter Ousmane Madani Haidara, an influential
cleric who sees Wahhabi extremists, rather than his
country's secular government, as the real enemy of the
true faith. In Saudi Arabia, we explore the bizarre
world of exporting dead bodies from a kingdom that bars
the burial of non-Muslims. On a US Navy aircraft carrier
floating just off the coast of Pakistan in October 2001,
we witness the mechanics of war: the onboard assembly
of bombs that, hours later, are seen on T.V. exploding
in Kabul. And in Iraq, we accompany Trofimov as he negotiates
his escape from an insurgent mob, rides in a Humvee
with trigger-happy GIs, and gets lectured by a Shiite
holy man on why America is the foe of mankind.
exploring the badlands of the Sahara or a snow-covered
village of Bosnian mujahedeen, Faith at War helps us
understand the hidden relationships and often surprising
connections, so crucial to America's future, that link
the Islamic world to our own.
Holt & Co.