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Terrorism Research Guide

Web Sites | Books | E-Books | Videos

Collections of Web Page Links

America's War Against Terrorism
University of Michigan's Document Center web page for terrorism topics.

Attack and Aftermath Topics
Collections of evaluated web sites on topics such as Afghan women, Anthrax, and Anti-Americanism

Attack on America: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001

Links to images, video, archived news reports and web sites about the attack.

Attack on America: Osama bin Laden, al-Qa'ida, and Terrorism
Comprehensive list of articles, web sites and transcripts of Bin Laden's videotapes.

The War on Terrorism: Afghanistan and the Taliban

New web page that includes links covering news and information, background and analysis, the Taliban, human rights, humanitarian issues, and the US military campaign.

Government Web Sites

The White House http://www.whitehouse.gov/
The Central Intelligence Agency http://www.cia.gov/
The Department of Defense http://www.defenselink.mil/
The Department of State http://www.state.gov/
The Federal Aviation Administration http://www.faa.gov/
The Federal Bureau of Investigation http://www.fbi.gov/
The Federal Emergency Management Agency http://www.fema.gov/
The Illinois Department of Public Health "Bioterrorism Preparedness" http://www.idph.state.il.us/Bioterrorism/bioterrorismhome.htm
The Library of Congress "September 11 Archive" http://september11.archive.org/


Selected titles from the College of DuPage Library

  • Goodson, Larry P. Afghanistan's Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics and the Rise of the Taliban. University of Washington Press, 2001.
  • Magnus, Ralph H., Eden Naby. Afghanistan. Westview Press, 2000.
  • Douglass, Joseph D. America the Vulnerable: The Threat of Chemical and Biological Warfare. Lexington Books, 1987.
  • Long, David E. Anatomy of Terrorism, Free Press, 1990.
  • Bodansky, Yossef. Bin Laden: The Man Who Declared War on America. Forum, 1999.
  • Darton. Eric. Divided We Stand: A Biography of New York's World Trade Center. Basic Books, 1999.
  • Encyclopedia of World Terrorism. Sharpe Reference, 1997.
  • Mawsilil´┐Żi, Ahmad. Historical Dictionary of Islamic fundamentalist movements in the Arab world, Iran and Turkey. Scarecrow Press, 1999.
  • Hoffman, Bruce. Inside Terrorism. Columbia University Press, 1998.
  • Inside Terrorist Organizations. Frank Cass, 2001.
  • Weiss, Walter M. Islam: An Illustrated Historical Overview. Barron's Educational Services, 2000.
  • Haddad, Yvonne Yazbeck, John L. Esposito, eds. Islam, Gender and Social Change. Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Kressel, Neil J Mass Hate: The Global Rise of Genocide and Terror. Plenum Press, 1996.
  • Reeve, Simon.The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama Bin Laden and the Future of Terrorism Northeastern University Press, 1999.
  • Lacquer, Walter. The New Terrorism: Fanaticism and the Arms of Mass Destruction. Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Reich, Walter. Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind. Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1998.
  • The Politics of Counterterrorism: The Ordeal of Democratic States John Hopkins University, 1990.
  • Griffin, Michael. Reaping the whirlwind: the Taliban movement in Afghanistan Pluto Press, 2001.
  • Gay, Kathlyn. Silent Death: The Threat of Chemical and Biological Terrorism Twenty-First Century Books, 2001.
  • Rashid, Ahmed. Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia. Yale University Press, 2001.
  • Matinuddin, Kamal. The Taliban phenomenon: Afghanistan 1994-1997 Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Juergensmeyer, Mark Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence University of California Press, 2001.
  • Pillar, Paul R. Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy. Brookings Institution Press, 2001.
  • Cordesman, Anthony H. Terrorism, Asymmetric Warfare, and Weapons of Mass Destruction: Defending the U.S. Homeland. Praeger, 2002.
  • Terrorism : Opposing Viewpoints . Greenhaven Press, 2000.
  • Terrorism, Legitimacy, and Power: The Consequences of Political Violence Wesleyan Press, 1986.
  • Gillespie, Angus. Twin Towers: The Life of New York City's World Trade Center Rutgers University Press, 1999.
  • Alexander, Yusaf. Usama Bin Laden's al-Qaida: Profile of a Terrorist Network Transnational Publishers, 2001.

Electronic Books

These full-text titles are available in the Library Catalog.

The Case for a Careful Military Response O'Hanlon, Michael. Brookings Institution, 2001.

Combating Terrorism : Selected Challenges and Related Recommendations from the U.S.

General Accounting Office
Unites States General Accounting Office, 2001.

The Terrorism Threat and U.S. Government Responses
USAF Institute for National Security Studies, 2001.


Afghanistan: Exporting the Taliban Revolution
Films for the Humanities, 1999.
Takes a firsthand look at the results and implications of the escalating tensions between Afghanistan and its neighbors.

Afghanistan the lost generation
Ambrose Video Publishing, 2001.
Focuses on Afghanistan, a country dominated by a terrorist regime, with a people struggling to survive in an almost perpetual state of conflict. Told through the personal stories of three people Ustad Kamal, a dean of traditional music, 12 yr. old Bashir who struggles to feed his six siblings after his parents were killed, and Nasrullah, a soldier crippled by war.

Afghanistan revealed National Geographic Video, 2001.
Provides a vivid portrait of Afghanistan, featuring in-depth interviews with the late Afghan resistance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, and Taliban soldiers being held by the Northern Alliance; and looks at refugees who speak of their suffering from the effects of Taliban rule.

Bombing of America. WGBH, 1996.
Follows investigators on the trail of the Unabomber, the World Trade Center, the Army of God, and other bombing cases. The smallest fragment of evidence or a psychological profile can be the key to stopping terrorists

Hunting Bin Laden. PBS Home Video, 2001.
Investigates Osama bin Laden, his followers, and the bombings of two African embassies in 1998. This edition has been updated to cover the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, of which bin Laden is also accused.

Jihad! : in America PBS Video, 1994.
Features militant Islamic fundamentalists' meetings in the U.S., interviews with leading law enforcement and government officials, and discussion about the civil liberties issues our society faces in dealing with the threat of terrorism.

Looking for Answers PBS Home Video, c2001
Discusses the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, the roots of hatred found in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, radical Islam, and the failure of U.S. intelligence on September 11, 2001.

Muslims in America MPI Home Video, 1997.
Several practicing Muslims in Cedar Rapids, Iowa-- home to the oldest Mosque in the United States-- candidly talk about what it is like to be Muslims in America, living daily with the sterotypes cast on them by the uneducated. Explains the basics of the Muslim religion, pointing out the similarities and the differences between Islam, Judaism and Christianity. This particular broadcast slightly altered its focus in light of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995 and in addition to examining the tenets of the Muslim faith, it focuses on the hasty judgments made in connection to Muslims whenever a terrorist act occurs anywhere in the world.

The Taliban Legacy: a report. Filmakers Library, 2001.
A report on current conditions in Afghanistan. The program focuses on the havoc created by the Taliban regime, which has resulted in two million Afghans fleeing the country.

Teach-In On Terrorism [This link will take you to the College's Streaming Media page]
College of DuPage, October 30, 2001.
A series of presentations and panel discussions covering the geographic features of the Middle East and Afghanistan, the various cultures of the Middle East, the common roots of the Abrahamic religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and the emerging global environment we live in which provides unprecedented opportunities for terrorist activities.

Terror in the Mind of God C-Span Archives, 2001.
Professor Mark Juergensmeyer talks about his latest book: Terror in the mind of God: the global rise of religious violence. In light of the September 11th acts of terrorism, he discusses how religion has formed the new moral basis for politics and the taking up of arms. He describes the rise of the Taliban as an effect of the collapse in faith in secular religion and the rise in new forms of religious nationalism.

Bibliography prepared for the Teach-In on Terrorism, Oct. 30, 2001
Dan Blewett and Christine Kickels, Reference Librarians
Carol J. Riphenburg, Ph.D., Professor/Political Science

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