The Intellectual Origins of al-Qaeda's Ideology: The Abolishment of the Caliphate through the Afghan Jihad, 1924-1989

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dc.contributor.advisor Lumbard, Joseph E. B.
dc.contributor.author Zelin, Aaron
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-24T19:37:23Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-24T19:37:23Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/23870
dc.description.abstract Intellectual debates spanning sixty-five years among Islamists, Salafists, and Jihadists on the most effective way to reestablish an Islamic state provided the foundation for the strategies, methods, and theoretical framework for al-Qaeda's ideology. This master’s thesis focuses on the evolution in this thought by examining the ideas of Hassan al- Banna, Sayyid Qutb, Muhammad ‘Abd al-Salam Farrag and ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam. An examination of al-Qaeda's ideological origins sheds light on the inner debates over doctrine and strategy in the Jihadist movement. This thesis demonstrates that Jihadist thought is not monolithic or rigid as often assumed, but rather complex, nuanced, and diverse. It also highlights the necessity in studying Jihadism in a comprehensive and systematic manner while applying different tools from a variety of disciplines to gain a rich understanding of an intricate area of study, which is too often misunderstood or inadequately researched.
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Aaron Y. Zelin 2010
dc.subject Hassan al-Banna
dc.subject Ideology
dc.subject Sayyid Qutb
dc.subject 'Abdullah 'Azzam
dc.subject Intellectual History
dc.subject Muhammad 'Abd al-Salam Farrag
dc.subject Jihad
dc.subject al-Qaeda
dc.subject Islam
dc.title The Intellectual Origins of al-Qaeda's Ideology: The Abolishment of the Caliphate through the Afghan Jihad, 1924-1989
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
dc.degree.name MA
dc.degree.level Masters
dc.degree.discipline Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


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