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Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century

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In the post-September 11 world, Al Qaeda is no longer the central organizing force that aids or authorizes terrorist attacks or recruits terrorists. It is now more a source of inspiration for terrorist acts carried out by independent local groups that have branded themselves with the Al Qaeda name. Building on his previous groundbreaking work on the Al Qaeda network, forensic psychiatrist Marc Sageman has greatly expanded his research to explain how Islamic terrorism emerges and operates in the twenty-first century.

In Leaderless Jihad, Sageman rejects the views that place responsibility for terrorism on society or a flawed, predisposed individual. Instead, he argues, the individual, outside influence, and group dynamics come together in a four-step process through which Muslim youth become radicalized. First, traumatic events either experienced personally or learned about indirectly spark moral outrage. Individuals interpret this outrage through a specific ideology, more felt and understood than based on doctrine. Usually in a chat room or other Internet-based venues, adherents share this moral outrage, which resonates with the personal experiences of others. The outrage is acted on by a group, either online or offline.

Leaderless Jihad offers a ray of hope. Drawing on historical analogies, Sageman argues that the zeal of jihadism is self-terminating; eventually its followers will turn away from violence as a means of expressing their discontent. The book concludes with Sageman's recommendations for the application of his research to counterterrorism law enforcement efforts.

Review:

Al-Qaeda is synonymous with Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri. The war in Iraq inflicted a strategic defeat on al-Qaeda, as President Bush stated on the fifth anniversary of the invasion. Bin Laden and Zawahiri are in command of a new generation of radicals born after the Iraq invasion. Al-Qaeda possesses sleeper cells in the United States and remains a major threat... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"[An] important, face-the-facts book...Sageman is deservedly one of the best-known academics working on terrorism." The Spectator

Review:

"Leaderless Jihad discredits conventional wisdom about terrorists by eschewing anecdotes and conjecture in favor of hard data and statistics." Aryn Baker, Time

Review:

"Leaderless Jihad provides new analysis and important insights....Sageman's data-driven approach is all too rare in a field dominated by informed (when we're fortunate) opinion." The American Interest

Review:

"This book belongs at the top of the list for anyone seeking to understand the nature of radical Islamic terrorism, its future, and the effective ways that Western countries can counter its destructive appeal." Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

Synopsis:

Building on his previous groundbreaking studies on the al Qaeda network, forensic psychiatrist Sageman has greatly expanded his research to explain how Islamic terrorism emerges and operates in the 21st century.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812240658
Author:
Sageman, Marc
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Islamic Studies
Subject:
Terrorism
Subject:
Jihad
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9.24x6.28x.91 in. 1.01 lbs.

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"Review" by , "[An] important, face-the-facts book...Sageman is deservedly one of the best-known academics working on terrorism."
"Review" by , "Leaderless Jihad discredits conventional wisdom about terrorists by eschewing anecdotes and conjecture in favor of hard data and statistics."
"Review" by , "Leaderless Jihad provides new analysis and important insights....Sageman's data-driven approach is all too rare in a field dominated by informed (when we're fortunate) opinion."
"Review" by , "This book belongs at the top of the list for anyone seeking to understand the nature of radical Islamic terrorism, its future, and the effective ways that Western countries can counter its destructive appeal."
"Synopsis" by , Building on his previous groundbreaking studies on the al Qaeda network, forensic psychiatrist Sageman has greatly expanded his research to explain how Islamic terrorism emerges and operates in the 21st century.
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