Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea

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Oxford University Press, USA
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5.6 X 1.0 X 8.6 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Shiraz Maher (PhD) is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR) at Kings College, University of London, and teaches at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.


"[A] critically important work... Maher s work is a compelling and worthwhile book a must read for Western scholars and policymakers striving to understand one of the strongest adversaries of our generation." - H-Net

"[A] most timely and relevant contribution to the growing literature on the subject, and is enlightened, informed, and insightful. Highly recommended." - Choice

"An excellent and original account of what jihadists actually think. Mr Maher goes well beyond previous works EL in setting out a taxonomy of jihadists" system of beliefs. It will be a must-read work in the study of radicalism." - The Economist

"Mr. Maher deserves praise for producing a book that is the first of its kind, synthesizing work that has been done on the individual components of Salafi-jihadism. Readers looking for a rigorous but lucid account of Islamic State's ideas will be well-served by Mr. Maher's book.' - Wall Street Journal

"Shiraz Maher does a first rate job of explaining a complex and important issue. Salafi-Jihadism is arguably the fastest growing current within the Muslim thought today and is essential to our understanding of how groups like the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda recruit and justify their acts." - Hassan Hassan, Associate Fellow of Chatham House; author of the New York Times bestseller ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror

"Shiraz Maher makes it clear in his fascinating new book that we are witnessing a very recent phenomenon: "the greatest period of anti-western intellectual development in Salafi-jihadi thought took place in the years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks"." - Patrick French, The Guardian

"[A] groundbreaking study EL a masterclass in how to do intellectual history, and one that nobody with an interest in radical Islam should miss." - Tom Holland, New Statesman

"Although Salafi jihadism has profoundly shaped global politics for more than three decades, Shiraz Maher is the first to survey the doctrines that have animated and divided the movement. His book will be a standard reference for years to come." - Will McCants, author of The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State

"In this perceptive and lucid survey, Shiraz Maher, who has built up a justified reputation as an authority on contemporary Islamic extremism, traces the evolution of they key ideas behind one of the most significant religious and political movements of our time. He explains their origins, meanings and, above all, their real impact on violent militants over the last three or four decades. Comprehensive and thought-provoking, this is an important and timely contribution." - Jason Burke, author of The New Threat From Islamic Militancy

"Salafi-Jihadism provides an excellent and important insight into an intricately constructed religious and intellectual situation .. it provides much needed context to some of the most complex and consequential events in the world today. With its elegant, engaging style and crisp brevity, this book is an excellent investigation into a subject many of us would do well to learn that bit more about." - Middle East Eye