Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam

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Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam
Cover of English translation
Author Gilles Kepel
Original title Jihad: Expansion et Déclin de l'Islamisme
Translator Anthony F. Roberts
Language French
Subject Islam and politics
Islam—20th century
Publisher Éditions Gallimard France
Belknap Press United States
Publication date
Published in English
ISBN 0-674-00877-4 (English, Belknap Press)

Jihad The Trail of Political Islam (French: Jihad: Expansion et Déclin de l"Islamisme[1]) is a book by French author and scholar Gilles Kepel. It was originally published in French in 2000 by Gallimard, with English translations by Anthony F. Roberts from Belknap Press in 2002[1] and I.B. Tauris in 2006.

The book provides a detailed examination of the expansion and decline of what he terms the doomed extremist ideology of the Jihadist movement since the 1960s. The author explains the attraction of Islamism to humiliated and faltering segments of the Muslim population and outlines its severe shortcomings.


  1. ^ a b Kepel (2002), front matter


  • Kepel, Gilles (2002). Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam. trans. Anthony F. Roberts (1st ed.). Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. ISBN 0-674-00877-4.