Book Launch - Jihadism Transformed: al-Qaeda and Islamic State's Global Battle of Ideas

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This timely collection of essays examines how jihadist narratives have changed globally, adapting to these turbulent circumstances. Area and thematic specialists consider transitions inside the Middle East and North Africa as well as in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. As these analyses demonstrate, the success of the ISIL narrative has been as much about resonance with local contexts, as it has been about the appeal of the global idea of a tangible and realised caliphate. 

Speaker biographies

Dr Akil Awan is an Associate Professor in Modern History, Political Violence and Terrorism at Royal Holloway, University of London. His books include Radicalisation and Media: Terrorism and Connectivity in the New Media Ecology (2011, Routledge).

Dr Simon Staffell is a UK government official and diplomat, and expert on extremist ideologies, counter-terrorism and the Middle East, having recently returned from a diplomatic posting in Cairo.

Dr Jonathan Githens-Mazer is based at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter. His research examines nationalism, radicalisation, terrorism and counter-terrorism.

Dr Elisabeth Kendall is Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Pembroke College, Oxford University. Her current work examines connections between militant jihadist/political movements and cultural production in Arabic. She spends significant time in the field and is the author or editor of several books, including Reclaiming Islamic Tradition (with Ahmad Khan, 2016), Twenty-First Century Jihad (with Ewan Stein, 2015) and Literature, Journalism and the Avant-Garde: Intersection in Egypt (2006, paperback 2010). Dr Kendall also conceived of and edits the ‘Modern Middle Eastern Vocabularies’ series, which includes the titles Security Arabic, Intelligence Arabic and Media Arabic.

Jihadism Transformed: al-Qaeda and Islamic State's Global Battle of Ideas,  edited Simon Staffell and Akil Awa, published by Hurst in London (and distributed by Oxford University Press in the USA)



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