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Al-Shabaab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant Islamist Group, 2005-2012

Stig Jarle Hansen


This book explores the history of the Somalia based Al Harakat Al Shabaab from 2005 to 2012, offering the first in-detail history of one of the most important Al-Qaeda affiliates today and the first to conquer large territories. It anchors the organization in its local context, describing it as set in the nexus of global and local streams of influence, employing terror strategically, often in order to offset diplomatic and military defeats. Al-Shabaab gained popularity because of its emphasis on justice, and its alignment with Somali nationalism, but still was influenced by global trends withi ... More

Keywords: Al Qaeda, terror, Somalia, Islamism, Jihadism, Omar Hamami, Westgate

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199327874
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199327874.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stig Jarle Hansen, author
University of Life Science, Norway