Latest Issue

A third way in the middle east

Gilles Kepel's polemic on the middle east conflict is a useful overview, but it is marred by stereotypes and wishful thinking

By Kishwer Falkner   December 2008

Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East by Gilles Kepel (Harvard University Press, £18.95)

Beyond Terror and Martyrdom—a new book by the noted French scholar Gilles Kepel—is a long polemical essay about what the west might now do in the middle east. Its theme is that the two “grand narratives” of our day—the war on terror and its obverse, the jihad against the west—have both failed and that a third narrative now has to emerge: one with the potential to deliver peace and prosperity.

Kepel takes his readers through the Bush administration’s failure to understand the implications…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect