In Their Own Words: Voices of Jihad

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Rand Corporation, 2008 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - 335 pages
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This book presents the actual statements and writings of jihadis expressing their views on virtually every subject relevant to their cause. It is not about Islam as it is practiced in its many varieties in Muslim communities throughout the world, nor is it about Islamic fundamentalism or the various Islamist political movements. Rather, it is about a small group of Muslims who carry out and promote terrorism in the name of Islam. Because the jihadis' statements are often more appalling and more profoundly revealing than the accounts that have been written about jihadi terrorism, this book provides unfiltered access to a broad range of the stories, rationales, ideas, and arguments of jihadi terrorists and those who support them. Introductory and contextual material is also included, to provide the background and origins of what the jihadis are saying--to each other and to the world. It is hoped that this will provide greater insights into the motives, plans, and participants in jihadi terrorism, as well as the nature of the threat they pose. Not all of the quotations are from prominent jihadis. Some have been selected because they are representative, others because they are contradictory, and still others because they provide a unique insight into the jihadi mentality.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE Introduction
1
CHAPTER TWO Life in Jihad
9
CHAPTER THREE Seeds of Jihad
37
CHAPTER FOUR Ideology
73
CHAPTER FIVE World View
115
CHAPTER SIX Enemies
153
216
195
CHAPTER EIGHT Iraq and Afghanistan
231
CHAPTER NINE Operations
259
CHAPTER TEN Conclusion
301
References
307
About the Author
335
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