Good visual backgrounder to 9/11

the road to 9/11 DVD cover

This PBS production gives a detailed background into the factors that led to the rise of political Islam and the history of Islamic extremism culminating in the events on 9/11. The documentary is notable for citing the views of many female Arab experts (now residing in the West) and brings a feminist critique to the tenets of Wahabi or Salafist Islam. If you don’t have time to plough through Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower or find the National Geographic’s Inside 9/11 too confusing chronologically, then this is recommended for you.  A textual companion, Jason Burke’s Al-Qaeda, the first edition which I am currently reading, is also insightful.  More about the latter when I’m done.

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