Air War in the Gulf 1991 by Chris Chant, Mark Rolfe

Air War in the Gulf 1991 by Chris Chant, Mark Rolfe

By Chris Chant, Mark Rolfe

In August 1990 Saddam Hussein's Iraqi forces invaded and occupied the small Arab country of Kuwait. This ebook analyses the consequent Gulf warfare (16 January - 28 February 1991) - a struggle fought to expel Iraq and fix Kuwaiti independence if now not, as one British MP tartly saw, to protect democracy. The allies less than normal Schwarzkopf introduced 5 weeks of air assaults, deploying 1,800 technologically hugely complicated plane from the U.S., British, French and Saudi air forces. a lot of those machines, together with the British Tornadoes and US F-117A Stealth opponents, had by no means prior to engaged in wrestle, and their mixed attack, watched through hundreds of thousands on television, mixed outstanding accuracy with firepower to which the Iraqi forces had no solution.

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This happens, he says, whenever the heritage is vulgarly made to serve certain pragmatic interests and needs of a segment (usually the dominant class) of society, thus in fact revealing an ideological stand.  Ignoring it makes the researcher liable to methodological superficiality and arbitrariness without even knowing it.  His long introduction 90 makes it quite clear that his work is not just another history book on Arab­Islamic philosophy but rather a serious attempt to deal with a modern Arab problem, namely, how contemporary Arab thought should view its past intellectual heritage in a new light that accords with the revolutionary orientations of the Arab national liberation movement of the present.

105 What is needed first and foremost, in his opinion, before any industrial, agricultural, or political revolution can succeed in the Arab world, is a human revolution that rebuilds the new man.  This response may have been to conditions internal to the Islamic community and it may have been to attacks external to it. 114 Hanafi maintains that all of them are inspired by the Qur'an and the Sunna and he deals with them in some detail for a dual purpose: (a) to establish their provenance as disciplines related to divine revelation on the one hand, and to specific conditions of their times on the other; (b) to reconstruct them within a new and comprehensive cultural system that responds to the conditions and needs of the modern age.

114 Hanafi maintains that all of them are inspired by the Qur'an and the Sunna and he deals with them in some detail for a dual purpose: (a) to establish their provenance as disciplines related to divine revelation on the one hand, and to specific conditions of their times on the other; (b) to reconstruct them within a new and comprehensive cultural system that responds to the conditions and needs of the modern age.  115 Sufism, as he explains, arose out of the needs of certain Muslims who did not want to share positively in the political turmoil of the Islamic community and devoted themselves in Page 44 seclusion to spiritual enhancement and, later, developed a distinctive orientation in interpreting the revealed text based for the most part on the heart and on feeling, and only to a limited degree on reason.

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