This essay precedes a selection of bin Laden’s statements in Kepel and Milelli’s edited collection of key texts of al Qaeda. A short and accessible account, the author tracks the significant events in bin Laden’s life and accompanies this with thoughts on the role of bin Laden as media icon and as a focal point for many Muslim’s grievances. Arguing that there will not be another bin Laden, the author highlights the role of the media and the hyper-realism of the al Qaeda brand of attacks and suggests that instead local issues and grievances will begin to reassert themselves within the Middle East.
- Author : Omar Saghi
- Editor(s) : Gilles Kepel and Jean-Pierre Milelli
- Date : 2008
- Publisher : Harvard University Press
- Place : Cambridge, MA