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JIHADISM

The Jihadism Special Project offers a range of materials on armed jihad by fundamentalist Islamic groups. This
tradition extends back to at least the nineteenth century, but primary emphasis on this site is to
contemporary jihad. Materials offered on this site include primary source documents authored
by jihadist groups, profiles of jihadist groups, scholarly papers on jihadism, reactions to
jihadism, and media reports on jihadism.

Project Directors:
Jean Rosenfeld
Charles Cameron


Bibliography

Beware of Imitators: Al-Qa`ida through the Lens of its Confidential Secretary
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 15, 2012)

 


AZAN MAGAZINE

A Call to Jihad,” Issue 1, March 2013.

COMMENTARY ON AZAN MAGAZINE

Charles Cameron, “Early notes on the first issue of the jihadist magazine, Azan”


DABIQ

     Islamic State. DABIQ, Issue 1. The Return of Khilafah
     Post Date: 9/14/2014
     DABIQ is an official public relations publication of the Islamic State
 
     Islamic State. DABIQ, Issue 2. The Flood
     Post Date: 9/14/2014
     DABIQ is an official public relations publication of the Islamic State

     Islamic State. DABIQ, Issue 3. A Call to Jijrah
     Post Date: 9/14/2014
     DABIQ is an official public relations publication of the Islamic State

     Islamic State. DABIQ, Issue 4. The Failed Crusade
     Post Date: 1/14/2015
     DABIQ is an official public relations publication of the Islamic State

     Islamic State. DABIQ, Issue 5. Remaining and Expanding
     Post Date: 1/14/2015
     DABIQ is an official public relations publication of the Islamic State

     Islamic State. DABIQ, Issue 6. Al-Qa’idah of Waziristan
     Post Date: 1/14/2015
     DABIQ is an official public relations publication of the Islamic State

  

   Islamic State, “Email to the Family of James Foley
     Post Date: 9/1/2014

COMMENTARY ON DABIQ

     Jean Rosenfeld, Notes on DABIQ , The Online Journal of the IS
     Post Date: 9/15/2014

     Charles Cameron, Notes on Dabiq, Issue 3, Part 1
     Post Date 9/24/2014

DOCUMENTS ON THE HISTORY OF JIHADISM

     Abu Bakr Naji, “The Management of Savagery: The Most Critical Stage
     Through Which the Umma Will Pass
” (Translation by William McCants)
     Funding for this translation was provided by the John M. Olin Institute for
     Strategic Studies at Harvard University.

     “Al-Qa’ida Organization Addresses a Message to Iraqi, Islamic Peoples
     Post Date: 9/19/2014

     “Biography of Sheikh Abdullah Azzam
     Post Date: 9/17/2014
     Jean Rosenfeld, “Notes on Abdullah Azzam
     Post Date: 9/17/2014

     “Defence of Muslim Lands: The First Obligation After Iman
     Post Date: 9/17/2014

JIHADISM ARTICLES/PAPERS BY ACADEMIC SCHOLARS

     Charles Cameron, “Islamic Eschatology
     Post Date: 9/1/2014

      Jeffrey T. Kenney, Muslim Rebels Kharijites and the Politics of Extremism in Egypt
      Post Date: 2/7/2015

     David Rapoport, “The Four Waves of Rebel Terror and September 11
     Post Date: 9/1/2014

     Jean Rosenfeld, “Fire in the Garden: The Religion of bin Laden.”
     Post Date: 9/1/2014

     Jean Rosenfeld, “Holy Terror: Al Qai’da and Other Fundamentalisms.”
     Post Date: 9/1/2014

      Phillip Smyth, “The Shite Jihad in Syria and its Regional Effects.”
      The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 2015
      Post Date: 2/7/2015

RESPONSES TO JIHADISM BY CLERICS AND SCHOLARS

     Abdallah bin Bayyah, “This is Not the Path to Paradise

     “Fatwa on the So-Called ‘Islamic State’ (Formerly ‘Islamic State in Iraq & Syria’)

MEDIA REPORTS

     “The Middle East is full of ancient, mysterious religious sects. The Islamic State is wiping them out.”
     Gerard Russell,  Washington Post, January 9, 2015.
     http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/01/09/the-middle-east-is-full-
     of-ancient-mysterious-religious-sects-the-islamic-state-is-wiping-them-out/

     Contributor: WRSP

     “Author’s journey inside ISIS: They’re ‘more dangerous than people realize‘.”
     Frederik Pleitgen, CNN, December 25, 2014
     http://www.edition.cnn.com/2014/12/22/world/meast/inside-isis-juergen-
      todenhoefer/index.html?hpt=hp_c5
     Contributor: Jean Rosenfeld  

     “Islamic Islamic State recruits broadly, not just fighters
     Eric Tucker and Sadie Gurman, Associated Press, December 16, 2014
     http://bigstory.ap.org/article/81f6edb84a924937a81c3bdc75eeb577/islamic-state-recruits-broadly-not-just-
     fighters
     Contributor: WRSP

     “Denver Emerges As Model For Countering ISIS Recruiting Tactics”
     Dina Temple-Raston, NPR, December 11, 2014
     http://www.npr.org/2014/12/11/370156282/denver-emerges-as-model-for-countering-isis-recruiting-tactics
     Contributor: WRSP

     “Three American teens, recruited online, are caught trying to join the Islamic State
     Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post, December 8, 2014
     http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/three-american-teens-recruited-online-are-
     caught-trying-to-join-the-islamic-state/2014/12/08/8022e6c4-7afb-11e4-84d4-
     7c896b90abdc_story.html?hpid=z1

     Contributor: WRSP

     “The Roots of the Islamic State’s Appeal”
     Shadi Hamid, The Atlantic, October 31, 2014
     http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/10/the-roots-of-the-islamic-states-
     appeal/382175/?single_page=true

     Contributor: WRSP

     “Radicalization : Why do Western youth join extremist groups?”
     Marian Scott, Montreal Gazette, October 23, 2014
     http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/radicalization-why-do-western-youth-join-extremist-groups
     Contributor: WRSP

     “Parents of extremists urged to come out of shadows and help fight radicalization”
     Douglas Quan, Montreal Gazette, October 23, 2013
     http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/national/Parents+extremists+urged+come+shadows+help+fight
     /10322562/story.html
     Contributor: WRSP

     “New Freedoms in Tunisia Drive Support for ISIS”
     David Kirkpatrick, New York Times, October 21, 2014
     http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/22/world/africa/new-freedoms-in-tunisia-drive-support-for-
     isis.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=first-column-region&region=top-
     news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1

     “Denmark tries a soft-handed approach to returned Islamist fighters
     Anthony Faiola and Souad Mekhennet, Washington Post, October 19, 2014
     http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/denmark-tries-a-soft-handed-approach-to-returned-
     islamist-fighters/2014/10/19/3516e8f3-515e-4adc-a2cb-c0261dd7dd4a_story.html

     “Joining Islamic State is about ‘sex and agression,’ not religion”
     Arie W. Kruglanski, Reuters, October 16, 2014
     http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2014/10/16/joining-islamic-state-is-about-sex-and-aggression-not-
     religion/

    “How 2 French girls were lured to jihad online”
     Lori Hinnant, Associated Press, October 10, 2014
     http://bigstory.ap.org/article/017703d2f69141c39996d868a456d7e1/how-2-french-girls-were-lured-jihad-      online

     “Families torn apart as young Western women join jihadist cause
     Nicholas Vinocur and Pauline Mevel, Reuters, October 9, 2014
     http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/09/us-mideast-crisis-girls-insight-idUSKCN0HY0RA20141009

     “How to talk to terrorists
     Jonathan Powell, The Guardian, October 7, 2014
     http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/07/-sp-how-to-talk-to-terrorists-isis-al-      aida?CMP=ema_565#comment-41917012

     “American explains why he’s fighting ISIL”
     Sophie Cousins, USA TODAY, October 7, 2014
     http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/10/06/jordan-matson-joins-kurds-against-islamic-
     state/16796487/

     “Prominent Muslim Sheik Issues Fatwa Against ISIS Violence
     Dina Temple-Raston, NPR, September 25, 2014
     http://www.npr.org/2014/09/25/351277631/prominent-muslim-sheikh-issues-fatwa-against-isis-
     violence?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

     “ISIS’ Harsh Brand of Islam Is Rooted in Austere Saudi Creed”
     David Kirkpatrick, New York Times, September 24, 2014
     http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/25/world/middleeast/isis-abu-bakr-baghdadi-caliph-wahhabi.html

     British Muslims Release Fearless Message to ISIS Members Who Use Religion as an Excuse for Violence 
     Kevin Boyd, Independent Journal Review, September 17, 2014
     http://www.ijreview.com/2014/09/173312-british-muslim-leaders-denounce-isis-heretics-muslims-religious-
     duty-oppose/

     “Saudi clerics declare Isis terrorism a ‘heinous crime’ under sharia law
     Ian Black, The Guardian, September 17, 2014
     http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/17/saudi-clerics-fatwa-declares-terrorism-heinous-crime-
     sharia-law

     “The apocalyptic magazine the Islamic State uses to recruit and radicalize foreigners”
     Terrence McCoy, Washington Post, September 16, 2014
     http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/09/16/the-apocalyptic-magazine-the-islamic-
     state-uses-to-recruit-and-radicalize-foreigners/?tid=hp_mm&hpid=z3


     “ISIS Starts Recruiting in Istanbul’s Vulnerable Suburbs”
     Alev Scott and Alexander Christie-Miller, Newsweek, September 12, 2014
     http://www.newsweek.com/2014/09/19/exclusive-how-istanbul-became-recruiting-ground-islamic-state-
     269247.html

     “Why Muslims fare better in America than in Europe
     Economist, September 6, 2014
     http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21615611-why-muslims-fare-better-america-europe-islamic-
      yet-integrated

     “ISIS vs. mainstream Muslims: The media war”
     Daniel Burke, CNN, September 4, 2014
     http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/09/04/isis-vs-mainstream-muslims-the-media-battle/

     “It ain’t half hot here, mum: Why and how Westerners go to fight in Syria and Iraq”
     Sarah Birke, The Economist, August 30, 2014
     http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21614226-why-and-how-westerners-go-fight-syria-
      and-iraq-it-aint-half-hot-here-mum

     “Inside the Mind of the Western Jihadist”
     Sohrab Ahmari, Wall Street Journal, August 29, 2014
     http://online.wsj.com/articles/sohrab-ahmari-inside-the-mind-of-the-western-jihadist-1409352541

     “Western military intervention is what ISIS wants”
     Andrea Tornielli, Vatican Insider, August 26, 2014
     http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/inquiries-and-interviews/detail/articolo/iraq-irak-introvigne-35980/

     “Islamic State Recruits Are Young, Angry And Rebellious, But Are They Actually Religious?
     Jessica Elgot, The Huffington Post, August 22, 2014
     http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/08/21/isis-recruits-are-young-angry-and-rebellious-but-are-they-
     actually-religious_n_5697744.html

     “ISIS Email To Family Of Executed American Journalist James Foley Revealed”
     Andrew Hart, The Huffington Post, August 21, 2014
     http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/140821/text-last-email-islamic-state-
      sent-foley-family

WEBSITES OFFERING ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The Quranic Arabic Corpus
This site offers an English Translation of the Holy Quran and was established by the Language Research Group at the University of Leeds.

Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement
This site offers Aa collection of the Hadith. The Center is a partnership between the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation, & USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture.

Combatting Terrorism Center, U.S. Military Academy
Among the resources offered by CTC is: Nelly Lahoud, Stuart Caudill, Liam Collins, Gabriel Koehler-Derrick, Don Rassler, and Muhammad al-`Ubaydi, Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined?”

Jihadology
One of the foremost sites for jihad-related source material in both Arabic and English.

 

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