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Inside al-Qaʻida: The Ideological War

Sayed Khatab

in Understanding Islamic Fundamentalism: The Theological and Ideological Basis of al-Qa'ida's Political Tactics

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9789774164996
eISBN:
9781617971075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774164996.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This chapter investigates the ongoing ideological war within al-Qa'ida. It focuses on the theo-political and ideological disputes between the main ideologues of global jihad, and looks, among other ... More


The Leadership Inspires a New Strategy

Michael W. S. Ryan

in Decoding Al-Qaeda's Strategy: The Deep Battle Against America

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163842
eISBN:
9780231533270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163842.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

This chapter describes the relationship between Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, with a focus on the development of a post-9/11 strategy, by examining al-Zawahiri's brief strategic template, ... More


Ayman al-Zawahiri and the rise of ISIL

Donald Holbrook

in Jihadism Transformed: Al-Qaeda and Islamic State's Global Battle of Ideas

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780190650292
eISBN:
9780190686499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190650292.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

This chapter analyses statements released by Ayman al-Zawahiri in the context of MENA uprisings and the rise of the Islamic State organization. The chapter traces Zawahiri’s aggregate narrative ... More


Jihad and Al‐Qaeda's Just Cause

Alia Brahimi

in Jihad and Just War in the War on Terror

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199562961
eISBN:
9780191595059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562961.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter begins with an overview of the development of the Islamic just war tradition (jihad). It then narrows the focus to the critical issue of just cause. Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman ... More


Jus in Bello, Suicide Bombing, and Killing Civilians

Alia Brahimi

in Jihad and Just War in the War on Terror

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199562961
eISBN:
9780191595059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562961.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

In the 1990s, Osama bin Laden observed proudly that the Afghan jihad against the Russians was unstained by the blood of innocents. Yet, since 1993, civilians have been al‐Qaeda's chosen targets. This ... More


Al-Qaeda 2.0: A Critical Reader

Donald Holbrook

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190856441
eISBN:
9780190942939
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190856441.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

On 16 June 2011, three days before his sixtieth birthday, Ayman al-Zawahiri was declared the new leader of Al-Qaeda, replacing the fallen Osama bin Laden. The veteran Egyptian jihadist had little of ... More


Jus Ad Bellum in Al Qaeda's Jihad

Alia Brahimi

in Jihad and Just War in the War on Terror

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780199562961
eISBN:
9780191595059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562961.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory, International Relations and Politics

This chapter continues the discussion of the Islamic jus ad bellum by looking at Osama bin Laden's just war claims in three other areas: right authority, last resort, and reasonable hope of success. ... More


Decoding Al-Qaeda's Strategy: The Deep Battle Against America

Michael Ryan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231163842
eISBN:
9780231533270
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231163842.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

This book provides an effective framework for analyzing al-Qaeda's plans against America and encourages strategists and researchers to devote greater attention to jihadi ideas rather than jihadist ... More


Support for Islam Document: August 2012 By Ayman al-Zawahiri

Cerwyn Moore

Donald Holbrook (ed.)

in Al-Qaeda 2.0: A Critical Reader

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190856441
eISBN:
9780190942939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

In this short, but important document, published during Ramadan in 2012 (1433 according to the Islamic calendar), Zawahiri identifies four key issues that are wrong with the current international ... More


Emancipation from the Cycle of Failure and Frivolity: February 2014 By Ayman al-Zawahiri

Cerwyn Moore

Donald Holbrook (ed.)

in Al-Qaeda 2.0: A Critical Reader

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190856441
eISBN:
9780190942939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This publication is typical of Zawahiri’s ‘big films’. Like a contemporary Hollywood blockbuster, it is repetitive and overlong. Yet it comes at an important time in the aftermath of the toppling of ... More


The Seventh Interview with Sheikh Ayman Al-Zawahiri Reality Between Pain and Hope: May 2014 Ayman al-Zawahiri and Al-Sahab

Cerwyn Moore

Donald Holbrook (ed.)

in Al-Qaeda 2.0: A Critical Reader

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190856441
eISBN:
9780190942939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

This is the seventh ‘interview’ between Al-Sahab, Al-Qaeda’s media production department, and Zawahiri, a tradition which started in 2005. This format gives Zawahiri the opportunity to discuss a wide ... More


The ‘Islamic State’ and al-Qaeda

Nelly Lahoud

in Jihadism Transformed: Al-Qaeda and Islamic State's Global Battle of Ideas

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780190650292
eISBN:
9780190686499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190650292.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Security Studies

The Iraq-based group that was once led by Abu Mus‘ab al-Zarqawi and called “Jama‘at al-Tawhid wa-al-Jihad” is the only regional jihadi group that was brought under Al-Qaeda’s fold by Osama bin Laden. ... More


Epilogue

James Toth

in Sayyid Qutb: The Life and Legacy of a Radical Islamic Intellectual

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199790883
eISBN:
9780199332601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790883.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Chapter twelve examines Qutb’s recent impact. Islamic activists used his writings to promote a campaign which today is called terrorism. This is documented in the movement’s emergence in southern ... More


Testimony to Preserve the Blood of the Mujahidin in Al-Sham22: May 2014 By Ayman al-Zawahiri

Cerwyn Moore

Donald Holbrook (ed.)

in Al-Qaeda 2.0: A Critical Reader

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190856441
eISBN:
9780190942939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Here Zawahiri addresses the turmoil and infighting in Syria more directly, emphasizing that ISIS is subordinate to his organization. He traces the origin of the Islamic State of Iraq, highlighting ... More


The Noble Knight Dismounted: May 2011 Ayman al-Zawahiri

Cerwyn Moore

Donald Holbrook (ed.)

in Al-Qaeda 2.0: A Critical Reader

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190856441
eISBN:
9780190942939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Ayman al-Zawahiri’s first statement as leader of Al-Qaeda. Issued weeks after Osama bin Ladin was killed by US special forces in his Abbottabad compound in north-east Pakistan, Zawahiri seeks to ... More


General Guidelines for the Work of Jihad: September 2013 By Ayman al-Zawahiri

Cerwyn Moore

Donald Holbrook (ed.)

in Al-Qaeda 2.0: A Critical Reader

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190856441
eISBN:
9780190942939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

In addition to the ‘Support for Islam’ document, Zawahiri frequently referred to his ‘General Guidelines’ on subsequent occasions as key texts defining the way in which he sought—via Al-Qaeda—to ... More


Scent of Paradise A Study on the Most Honourable Sacrifices of Worshippers; Death and Martyrdom Campaigns: November 2013 By Ayman al-Zawahiri Second Edition

Cerwyn Moore

Donald Holbrook (ed.)

in Al-Qaeda 2.0: A Critical Reader

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190856441
eISBN:
9780190942939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Here we have an introduction to a book which Zawahiri published initially in 2004 on the topic of martyrdom and martyrdom operations (i.e. suicide attacks) in particular. Written initially in the ... More


The Islamic Spring, Part 5: September 2015 By Ayman al-Zawahiri

Cerwyn Moore

Donald Holbrook (ed.)

in Al-Qaeda 2.0: A Critical Reader

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190856441
eISBN:
9780190942939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0016
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

In the fifth episode of the ‘Islamic Spring’ series Zawahiri continues to explore the conditions necessary to establish a Caliphate. In doing so he seeks to undermine the appeal of IS’s leadership by ... More


Let us unite to Liberate Al-Quds [Jerusalem]: November 2015 By Ayman al-Zawahiri

Cerwyn Moore

Donald Holbrook (ed.)

in Al-Qaeda 2.0: A Critical Reader

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190856441
eISBN:
9780190942939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0018
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

In times of crisis and turmoil, Zawahiri revisits a traditional rallying call to make the case for Al-Qaeda’s continued relevance: the ‘liberation’ of Jerusalem. This process, he argues, will have ... More


March Forth to Sham [Syria]!: May 2016 By Ayman al-Zawahiri

Cerwyn Moore

Donald Holbrook (ed.)

in Al-Qaeda 2.0: A Critical Reader

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190856441
eISBN:
9780190942939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0020
Subject:
Political Science, Conflict Politics and Policy

Zawahiri has noted that he did not want Al-Qaeda’s presence on the ground in Syria to become known, as this would distract from the goal of toppling the Assad regime and serve as a propaganda victory ... More


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