Washington, DC : Georgetown University Press, c2009.
Book — xvi, 320 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
PrefaceIntroduction: The Call to Jihad1: Philosophical Foundations2: Strategic Vision3: Organizational Dynamics4: Recruitment and Training5: Operations and Tactics6: Future Directions7: The Challenge of Credible IntelligenceConclusion: Forging a Winning Strategy to Counter the Global JihadNotesGlossaryBibliographyIndex.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
Jihadist ideology inspires a diverse and decentralized collection of radical groups to fight alleged enemies of Islam and to attempt to restore a holy caliphate to unite Muslim peoples across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. "Islamic Radicalism and Global Jihad" provides unique insights into the philosophical foundations, strategic vision, organizational dynamics, and tactics of the modern jihadist movement - with specific attention to its primary driver, Al-Qa'ida.Springer, Regens, and Edger draw heavily on Arabic language sources seldom seen in the West to explain what jihadists want and how radical thinkers have distorted the teachings of Islam to convince followers to pursue terrorism as a religious duty. With sophisticated and systematic analysis, the authors lead their readers on a fascinating intellectual journey through the differing ideas, goals, and vulnerabilities of the jihadist movement as it has evolved over time. The authors also impart wisdom from their own professional experience with terrorism, counterinsurgency, and intelligence to provide scholars, students, counterterrorism professionals, and general readers with this accessible overview of key radical Islamic thinkers and today's jihadists. (source: Nielsen Book Data)