Jihad in Saudi Arabia: Violence and Pan-Islamism since 1979 by Thomas HegghammerJihad in Saudi Arabia: Violence and Pan-Islamism since 1979 by Thomas Hegghammer

Jihad in Saudi Arabia: Violence and Pan-Islamism since 1979

byThomas Hegghammer

Paperback | May 17, 2010

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Saudi Arabia, homeland of Osama bin Laden and many 9/11 hijackers, is widely considered to be the heartland of radical Islamism. For decades, the conservative and oil-rich kingdom contributed recruits, ideologues and money to jihadi groups worldwide. Yet Islamism within Saudi Arabia itself remains poorly understood. Why has Saudi Arabia produced so many militants? Has the Saudi government supported violent groups? How strong is al-Qaida's foothold in the kingdom and does it threaten the regime? Why did Bin Laden not launch a campaign there until 2003? This book presents the first ever history of Saudi jihadism based on extensive fieldwork in the kingdom and primary sources in Arabic. It offers a powerful explanation for the rise of Islamist militancy in Saudi Arabia and sheds crucial new light on the history of the global jihadist movement.
Title:Jihad in Saudi Arabia: Violence and Pan-Islamism since 1979Format:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:May 17, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521732360

ISBN - 13:9780521732369


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The politics of pan-Islamism; 2. The classical jihadists; 3. Recruitment to the early jihad fronts; 4. Opportunities for global jihad; 5. Al-Qaida and Saudi Arabia; 6. Recruitment to al-Qaida; 7. Post-9/11 Saudi Arabia; 8. The Mujahidin on the Arabian Peninsula; 9. Recruitment to the QAP; 10. The failure of the jihad in Arabia; Conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

"Thomas Hegghammer presents the first substantiated study of the jihadist movement in Saudi Arabia. He brilliantly analyses a wealth of hitherto unexamined material and adds both depth and subtlety to our understanding of Islamic politics in the Kingdom. In doing so, he perceptively highlights the importance of pan-Islamism as a mobilizing and radicalizing factor. This informed and conceptually suggestive study deserves a very wide reading." James Piscatori, The Australian National University