Al-Qaeda 2.0: A Critical Reader

Al-Qaeda 2.0: A Critical Reader


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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 his predecessor's charisma and enjoyed much less popularity, respect and celebrity. Yet, as scores of jihadi commanders from different organisations have succumbed to their enemies' missiles, bombs and bullets, Zawahiri has soldiered on. His tenure as Al-Qaeda's leader has been marked by some of its darkest and most challenging moments, which have threatened the viability and future of Al-Qaeda's central leadership. The gravest such development has been the emergence of Islamic State as a separate and rival jihadist entity.

The best way to gauge Zawahiri's response to these threats is by studying the official statements and public communiqués that he has issued since taking the reins. This book provides the reader with professional translations of Zawahiri's key statements during his first five years as leader of Al-Qaeda. These official communications are introduced and contextualised to provide the reader with a comprehensive sourcebook, outlining the Al-Qaeda leadership's stance on the challenges to its existence since the death of bin Laden.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190856441
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/15/2018
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Donald Holbrook is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at the University of Lancaster. He was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews. His publications include The Al-Qaeda Doctrine: The Framing and Evolution of the Leadership's Public Discourse (2014).

Table of Contents

Foreword by Cerwyn Moore
Part 1: Al-Qaeda after the Arab Spring
The Noble Knight Dismounted
Message of Hope and Glad Tidings to Our People in Egypt part 8
Support for Islam Document
General Guidelines for the Jihadi Activities
Scent of Paradise: A Study on the Most Honourable Sacrifices of Worshippers; Death and Martyrdom Campaigns (2nd edition)
Emancipation from the Cycle of Failure and Frivolity
Part 2: Al-Qaeda and the Syrian 'fitnah'
The Seventh Interview with Sheikh Ayman al-Zawahiri: Reality Between Pain and Hope
Testimony to Preserve the Blood of the Mujahedeen in as-Sham
Part 3: Al-Qaeda and the 'Islamic State'
Friday Prayer and Sermon in the Grand Mosque of Mosul by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Indeed, Your Lord is ever Watchful by Abu Mohamed al-Adnani as-Shami
Support your Prophet - peace and blessings be upon Him
The Islamic Spring, part 1
The Islamic Spring, part 2
The Islamic Spring, part 3
The Islamic Spring, part 5
The Islamic Spring, part 6
Let us unite to liberate al-Quds [Jerusalem]
Sham [Syria] is entrusted upon your shoulders
March forth to Sham [Syria]!
We shall fulfil our pledge

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