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Representing Jihad


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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Homo islamicus: beyond 'good' and 'bad'
  • 1. The vanishing jihadist: bin Laden and the Arab revolutions
  • 2. Constructing the 'bad' Muslim: jihad, Orientalism and the militarization of Muslim lands
  • 3. Contextualizing 'bad' Muslims: jihad, globalization and anti-Orientalism
  • 4. Ree(a)l jihadists: the media-tion of intentions
  • 5. Recovering invisible traces: jihad and postcolonialism
  • 6. Humanism and Islam: jihad and postsecularism
  • Conclusion: Universalization of universes of resistance
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

About the Author

Jacqueline O'Rourke is an independent research and communications consultant. Since completing her PhD, MA and MEd degrees she has taught at several universities in Canada and in the Middle East, where she has also worked as an adviser. In the conviction that the world of ideas must be connected to practice, she has also been involved in setting up social organizations and youth initiatives. She has published essays and articles of cultural and political analysis and contributed to academic projects, as well as publishing a collection of poetry. She currently lives in Canada.


'A ground-breaking text.' Ziauddin Sardar, author of Reading the Qur'an 'Jacqueline O'Rourke is showing how the debates around "Islamic radicalization" are revealing both Western and Islamic problematic approaches. She is developing a very thoughtful and interesting double critical analysis. A great, useful and timely book based on very serious and in-depth research.' Tariq Ramadan, author of The Arab Awakening: Islam and the New Middle East

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