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Incomparable Attractions of Immortality in World Politics: Jihadist Terror and Countervailing Policies of "Mind"

Sun, 09/22/2019 - 1:55pm
Though generally unseen, the most compelling form of power on earth is power over death. Always. Today, after an American president declared "victory" over one especially notorious organization with aggressive claims to such ultimate power, Jihadist doctrine is anything but in retreat. On the contrary, ISIS is in the verifiable midst of a substantial "comeback" or group "resurrection."

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A Man, A Plan, So What? The Influence of Abu Mus’ab al-Suri, Reconsidered

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 1:36am
Despite al-Suri’s reputation, however, questions exist about the relevance of his work, and jihadi strategic thought as a whole. Broadly, the relevance of jihadi strategic thought is unclear. Some note its potential to enable clearer understandings of jihadi behaviour.

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Government and Academic Vulnerability to Jihad of the Pen and Tongue SWJED Fri, 03/22/2019 - 5:26am
Islam is a civilization, ideology, culture, body of law, as well as a religion. An argument can be made that no other civilization is as tightly interconnected among its five domains as is Islam. Research into one domain initiates a response from the other four domains. In many cases, critical analysis into sensitive civilizational, ideological, cultural, or legal issues results in the outcries from the religious domain sending researchers and their supervisors into retreat.

Toward Understanding the Actions of the Islamic State and Other Jihadist Groups as Military Doctrine

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 9:43am
After over a decade and a half of the “War on Terror,” the United States and its allies have discovered the difficulty of fighting insurgent terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Operating from hard-to-reach areas, such as mountains and deserts, exploiting lack of effective government control, and leveraging support from local populations, these organizations have developed a way of war that defies even U.S. military efforts.

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Sayyid Qutb’s “Milestones” and Its Impact on the Arab Spring Peter J. Munson Thu, 05/09/2013 - 3:30am

While not democracy in the American image, the Arab Spring has the potential to bring Islamists into conflict with jihadists.