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Jihadism Transformed: Al-Qaeda and Islamic State's Global Battle of Ideas

Simon Staffell and Akil Awan


Jihadist narratives have evolved dramatically over the past five years, driven by momentous events in the Middle East and beyond; the death of bin Laden; the rise and ultimate failure of the Arab Spring; and most notably, the rise of the so-called Islamic State. For many years, Al-Qaeda pointed to an aspirational future Caliphate as their utopian end goal - one which allowed them to justify their violent excesses in the here and now. Islamic State turned that aspiration into a dystopic reality, and in the process hijacked the jihadist narrative, breathing new life into the global Salafi-Jihadi ... More

Keywords: Jihadist, Islamic State, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Radicalization, Global Jihad, Violent extremism, Narratives, Islamism, Political violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190650292
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190650292.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Staffell, editor
UK Foreign Office

Akil Awan, editor
Royal Holloway, University of London