Fault Lines in Global Jihad: Organizational, Strategic, and Ideological Fissures

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Assaf Moghadam, Brian Fishman
Taylor & Francis, May 10, 2011 - History - 288 pages
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This book deals with the causes, nature, and impact of the divisions within the jihadi movement, and the splits between jihadis and other Islamic groups.

Fault Lines in Global Jihad offers a systematic and comprehensive examination of the broad range of divisions that contribute to the weakening of the jihadi movement. It separates these divisions into two broad categories, namely fissures dividing jihadis themselves, and divisions separating jihadis from other Muslim and Islamist groups. The first part of the book covers intra-jihadi divisions, highlighting tensions and divisions over strategic, tactical, and organizational issues. The second part of the book addresses several important case studies of jihadi altercations with other Muslim and Islamist groups of non-jihadi persuasion, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and the Shii community. More than simply an enumeration of problems and cracks within al-Qa’ida and its cohorts, this book addresses critical policy issues of relevance to the broader struggle against the global jihadi movement. The editors conclude that these divisions have and continue to weaken al-Qa’ida, but neither in an automatic nor in an exclusive fashion—for these divisions render the global jihadi movement simultaneously vulnerable and more resilient.

This book will be of much interest to students of jihadism, terrorism and political violence, Islamism, security studies and IR in general.


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The part that I read about the counter terrorism plans which advocates that the USA and western leaders refrain from attacking Islam as an ideology and to remove all footprints in muslim countries is the advise that muslim presidential advisors are giving western leaders which is the very reason why islamist jihad by muslims, which remains a religious practise in islam, is not being named and blamed for what it is.
It is far more important at this point, with muslims committing genocidal atrocities worldwide, for them to be named the enemy and members of a subversive terrorist organisation called Islam instead of allowing Islam to become more and more entrenched in our societies.


jihadi endogenous problems
I Intrajihadi fault lines
1 Takfir and violence against Muslims
2 The near and far enemy debate
3 Jihadis divided between strategists and doctrinarians
AlQaidas franchising frustrations
5 Arab and nonArab jihadis
the case of Dr Fadl
7 Islam divided between jihad and the Muslim Brotherhood
8 AlQaida and Shiism
AlQaida and Hamas
10 Fault lines in cyberspace
jihadi fault lines and counterterrorism policy
Selected bibliography

II Fault lines dividing jihadis and other Muslims

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About the author (2011)

Assaf Moghadam is Director of Terrorism Studies and Assistant Professor at the Combating Terrorism Center, US Military Academy, West Point.

Brian Fishman is Counterterrorism Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, an Adjunct Professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Fellow at the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, where he served previously as the Director of Research.