In This Review

Holy War
Holy War
By Wilhelm Dietl
Macmillan, 1985, 349 pp.

This popular, overdramatized account of Islamic resurgence stands in contrast to the duller, weightier and more accurate work of scholars, but it tells much the same general story of religious ferment, with its accompanying violence, that has swept through the Muslim world in recent years. Dietl is a German journalist who traveled far and wide to see things for himself and to interview a great variety of persons: sheikhs and imams, princes and revolutionaries, ministers and terrorists. The interviews add authenticity as well as local color.