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The Caravan
Abdallah Azzam and the Rise of Global Jihad


  • Publication planned for: February 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521765954

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  • Abdallah Azzam, the Palestinian cleric who led the mobilization of Arab fighters to Afghanistan in the 1980s, played a crucial role in the internationalization of the jihadi movement. Killed in mysterious circumstances in 1989 in Peshawar, Pakistan, he remains one of the most influential jihadi ideologies of all time. Here, in the first in-depth biography of Azzam, Thomas Hegghammer explains how Azzam came to play this role and why jihadism went global at this particular time. It traces Azzam's extraordinary life journey from a West Bank village to the battlefields of Afghanistan, telling a Forrest Gump-like story of a man who knew all the leading Islamists of his time and frequented presidents, CIA agents, and Cat Stevens the pop star. It is, however, also a story of displacement, exclusion, and repression that suggests that jihadism went global for fundamentally local reasons.

    • Tells the entertaining story of Azzam's extremely eventful life culminating in his extremely mysterious death
    • Explains why the jihadi movement went international in the 1980s, improving our understanding about this ideology and the people behind it
    • Revises early history of al-Qaida through the use of previously untapped primary sources
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521765954
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Palestinian
    2. Brother
    3. Fighter
    4. Scholar
    5. Vagabond
    6. Writer
    7. Pioneer
    8. Diplomat
    9. Manager
    10. Recruiter
    11. Ideologue
    12. Mujahid
    13. Resident
    14. Enemy
    15. Martyr
    16. Icon

  • Author

    Thomas Hegghammer, Universitetet i Oslo
    Thomas Hegghammer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Universitetet i Oslo. Trained in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford and the Sciences Po, Paris, he is the author of the prize-winning book Jihad in Saudi Arabia (Cambridge, 2010) and is the editor of Jihadi Culture (Cambridge, 2017). He has conducted extensive fieldwork in the Middle East, including interviews with former militants, and he has testified on jihadism in front of the US Congress and the British Parliament.

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