al-Qaeda: From Global Network to Local Franchise

al-Qaeda: From Global Network to Local Franchise

by Christina Hellmich
     
 

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Since the attacks of September 11, 2001 and up to and beyond Osama bin Laden's death, al-Qaeda has come to embody the new enigmatic face of terrorism, dominating discussions of national and international security. Yet in spite of the attention it receives, conflicting assumptions about the group abound. Is al-Qaeda a rigidly structured organization, a global

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Since the attacks of September 11, 2001 and up to and beyond Osama bin Laden's death, al-Qaeda has come to embody the new enigmatic face of terrorism, dominating discussions of national and international security. Yet in spite of the attention it receives, conflicting assumptions about the group abound. Is al-Qaeda a rigidly structured organization, a global network of semi-independent cells, a franchise, or simply an idea whose time has come? What is meant by talk of the "global Salafi jihad" that is confronting the West? What are the implications of bin Laden's death? Christina Hellmich offers a critical examination of the widely-held notions regarding the origins and manifestations of al-Qaeda and the sources on which they rely, mapping the organization’s alleged transition from what began as a regional struggle against the Soviets in Afghanistan to the increasingly leaderless jihad of the post-9/11 world. Rather than just providing yet another biography of al-Qaeda, Hellmich forensically examines discrepancies between the most common explanations and to the limits of what can realistically be known.

 
Drawing on Arabic-language sources - some of them previously unavailable in English - Al-Qaeda: From Global Network to Local Franchise offers a penetrating insight into an organization which, for all its notoriety, is one of the least-understood of our time.

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"A sensible, sharp, reasoned, comprehensive overview of analysis of modern Islamic militancy and  discussion of the nature of the phenomenon of al-Qaeda." -- Jason Burke, author of al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam
 
"If you think you know anything at all about al-Qaeda or simply want an accessible introduction to the subject, this book is a must-read. For the novice and expert alike, Al-Qaeda by Christina Hellmich is currently the best book in the very large field of al-Qaeda studies. An eloquent and incisive deconstruction of the mythology surrounding al-Qaeda and a trenchant critique of the contradictions at the heart of Western security policy, Christina Hellmich delivers an intelligent and balanced assessment of perhaps the most misunderstood group in the world." -- Richard Jackson, Aberystwyth University, UK

"Undermines many of the widely held assumptions about al-Qa'ida." -- Nelly Lahoud, Associate Professor, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, Harvard University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848139084
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication date:
08/16/2011
Series:
Rebels Series
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

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