German Jihad: On the Internationalisation of Islamist Terrorism

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byGuido W. Steinberg

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Since 2007, the German jihadist scene has become Europe’s most dynamic, characterized by an extreme anti-Americanism, impressive international networks, and spectacular propaganda. German jihadists travel to Turkey, Chechnya, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, trading in jihadist ideologies and allying themselves with virulent organizations. Mapping the complicated interplay between jihadists’ personal motivations and the goals and strategies of the world’s major terrorist groups, Guido Steinberg provides the first analysis of German jihadism, its links to Turkey, and its growing, global operational importance.

Steinberg follows the formation of German-born militant networks in German cities and their radicalization and recruitment. He describes how these groups join up with al-Qaeda-affiliated organizations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, such as the Islamic Jihad Union, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and the Taliban, and he plots the path that directly involves them in terrorist activities. Situating these developments within a wider global context, Steinberg interprets the expanding German scene as part of a greater internationalization of jihadist ideology and strategy, swelling the movement’s membership since 9/11. Increasing numbers of Pakistanis, Afghans, Turks, Kurds, and European converts have come to the aid of Arab al-Qaeda, an incremental integration that has worrisome implications for the national security of Germany, the United States, and their allies.

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Since 2007, the German jihadist scene has become Europe’s most dynamic, characterized by an extreme anti-Americanism, impressive international networks, and spectacular propaganda. German jihadists travel to Turkey, Chechnya, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, trading in jihadist ideologies and allying themselves with virulent organizations. M...

Guido W. Steinberg is one of Germany's leading terrorism experts and works for the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, SWP) in Berlin. An Islamicist by training, he has previously worked for the German Federal Chancellery as an advisor on international terrorism.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:July 16, 2013Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023150053X

ISBN - 13:9780231500531

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Lone-Wolf Attacks and the Europlot
1. Unlikely Internationalists: Putting German Jihadism into Perspective
2. Two Hamburg Cells: A History of Jihadist Terrorism in Germany
3. "A Second 9/11": The Sauerland Plot
4. The Islamic Jihad Union
5. The Turkish Dimension
6. "Leaving Kuffaristan": Radicalization and Recruitment in Germany
7. The German Taliban Mujahideen
8. "The Worst Enemy of Islam": The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan Against Germany
9. Germans in the Taliban Stalingrad: Fighting the Kunduz Insurgency
10. "This Is the Last Year America": Threats and Prospects
Notes
Index

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One of the best books written on the German connection to the global jihadist movement.