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Tribes and Global Jihadism

Virginie Collombier and Olivier Roy


Across the Muslim world, from Iraq and Yemen, to Egypt and the Sahel, new alliances have been forged between the latest wave of violent Islamist groups –– including Islamic State and Boko Haram –– and local tribes. But can one now speak of a direct link between tribalism and jihadism, and how analytically useful might it be? Tribes are traditionally thought to resist all encroachments upon their sovereignty, whether by the state or other local actors, from below yet by joining global organizations such as Islamic State, are they not rejecting the idea of the state from above? This triangular r ... More

Keywords: Tribes, Jihadism, Salafism, Globalization, Local conflicts, Borderlands

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190864545
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190864545.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Virginie Collombier, editor
European University Institute

Olivier Roy, editor
European University Institute