Jihad and International Security

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The book explores the global jihad movement and its emergence in the latter half of the twentieth century. The book investigates the nature and extent of this threat; traces its religious and ideological roots; relevant history; the goals of the movement; who is fighting jihad; how they end up in the movement; how it is being funded and sponsored; and what nations, particularly the United States, one of the movement's primary targets, are doing to counter the threat. The book, intended for the general public, ...

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Overview

The book explores the global jihad movement and its emergence in the latter half of the twentieth century. The book investigates the nature and extent of this threat; traces its religious and ideological roots; relevant history; the goals of the movement; who is fighting jihad; how they end up in the movement; how it is being funded and sponsored; and what nations, particularly the United States, one of the movement's primary targets, are doing to counter the threat. The book, intended for the general public, assumes that the reader has only a minimal background of this compelling contemporary topic. While the authors tried to avoid using academic jargon, they have tried to source the book so that it could be used in political science, international relations, and defense and security studies courses.

Please visit Sharon Chadha blog at: www.sharonchadha.com

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"Jalil Roshandel and Sharon Chadha have written the definitive account of Jihadism. With clarity, breadth, and depth, they delve into the men, money, and ideas which support this lethal phenomenon in the Middle East and around the world. Jihad and International Security should be a must-read for policymakers, jourbanalists, and anyone wanting to understand the roots, ideology, and tactics of what is today perhaps the West's greatest challenge."
Michael Rubin, Editor, Middle East Quarterly

"The authors of this welcome volume ask the hard questions about the ideology motivating global jihadists; they also provide some balanced and sensible policy recommendations. Both for its overview and its practicality, this book will stand apart from others. It deserves a wide readership, not just in government circles, but for all those concerned to understand how the war on terror is to be fought and won."
—Bruce Lawrence, Professor of Islamic Studies, Director, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University

"In a spare and focused analysis, Roshandel and Chadha explain the where-what-how-and-who of jihad, the concept that inspires Islamist violence. They convincingly trace its intellectual origins and survey its current manifestations, and conclude with smart insights for countering this worldwide scourge."
—Daniel Pipes, Director, Middle East Forum

"Roshandel and Chadha have written a tough, hard nosed primer on al Qaeda and the global jihad movement. They provide a basic introduction to the network's history, actions, tactics, organization, and financing, as well as the methods that have been used to fight it. They also review al Qaeda's statements, ideology, philosophy, and interpretation of Islam."
—Steven Spiegel, Professor of Political Science, Director, Middle East Regional Security Program, Burkle Center for International Relations, University of California, Los Angeles

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403971920
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Jalil Roshandel is Associate Professor and Director of Security Studies program at the Department of Political Science, East Carolina University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at the Universitè Toulouse I Science Sociales, France, and earned a Certificate of Achievement in Peace Research from the International University in Oslo, Norway. He was the deputy dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University of Tehran in Iran through 1994. Since 1997 he has been a guest researcher and/or professor at many of the world's leading universities and research institutions including the Middle East Technical University in Turkey; Stanford University Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), the University of California, Los Angeles; and Duke University. Roshandel has written several books (in Farsi) and numerous jourbanal articles and book chapters on Middle East in general and Iranian foreign and security policy in particular. His most recent book chapter "The Nuclear Controversy in the Context of Iran's Evolving Defence Strategy" was published in Europe and Iran: Perspectives on Non-Proliferation (2005). Sharon Chadha has written (and co-written) for various publications including RUSI Jourbanal, the publication of the Royal United Services Institute, the world's oldest security and defense think tank in London; RFE/RL Newsline, a publication produced by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, FrontPageMagazine.com and the Middle East Quarterly.

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Table of Contents

Where Is Jihad Being Fought?
• What Is the Ideology of Jihad?
• How Is Jihad Being Fought?
• Who Is Fighting Jihad?
• Who Is Really Fighting Jihad?
• How Is Jihad Being Countered?

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