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A Quietist Jihadi
The Ideology and Influence of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi

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  • Date Published: June 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139512589

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  • Since 9/ll, the Jordanian Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi (b. West Bank, 1959) has emerged as one of the most important radical Muslim thinkers alive today. While al-Maqdisi may not be a household name in the West, his influence amongst like-minded Muslims stretches across the world from Jordan – where he lives today – to Southeast Asia. His writings and teachings on Salafi Islam have inspired terrorists from Europe to the Middle East, including Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, the former leader of al-Qa'ida in Iraq, and Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama Bin Laden's successor as the head of al-Qa'ida Central. This groundbreaking book, which is the first comprehensive assessment of al-Maqdisi, his life, ideology, and influence, is based on his extensive writings and those of other jihadis, as well as on interviews that the author conducted with former jihadis, including al-Maqdisi himself. It is a serious and intense work of scholarship that uses this considerable archive to explain and interpret al-Maqdisi's particular brand of Salafism. More broadly, the book offers an alternative, insider perspective on the rise of radical Islam, with a particular focus on Salafi opposition movements in Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

    • A path-breaking analysis of the life and thought of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, one of the most influential Muslim thinkers alive today
    • Based on internet archives and interviews with former jihadis, including al-Maqdisi himself
    • For students, journalists and policy-makers interested in the ideas behind radical Islam and the protagonists involved
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    “ A Quietist Jihadi is a truly impressive work of scholarship that delves deep into a field that was, until recently, largely terra incognita, and emerges with a compelling portrait of a key figure in both contemporary salafism and the world of radical militancy. This is a major accomplishment, and Wagemakers’ A Quietist Jihadi is surely destined to be remembered as a milestone in these emerging fields of study.” -Daniel Lav, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations

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    • Date Published: June 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139512589
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Al-Maqdisi's Life and his Place in the Jihadi Ideological Spectrum, 1859–2009:
    1. Wavering between quietism and jihadism
    2. Al-Maqdisi's quietist jihadi-salafi 'Aqīda
    3. Al-Maqdisi's quietist jihadi-salafi Manha
    Part II. Al-Maqdisi's Influence on the Saudi Islamic Opposition, 1989–2005:
    4. Saudi Arabia's post-Gulf War opposition
    5. Al-Qa 'ida on the Arabian peninsula
    Part III. Al-Maqdisi's Influence on the Development of al-Walā wa-l-Barā, 1984–2009:
    6. The revival of al-Isti āna bi-l-Kuffār
    7. 'Salafising' jihad
    Part IV. Al-Maqdisi's Influence on the Jordanian Jihadi-Salafi Community, 1992–2009:
    8. Guidance to the seekers
    9. The leader of the Jordanian jihadi-salafi community?

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    • Islamist Political Thought
  • Author

    Joas Wagemakers, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
    Joas Wagemakers is an assistant professor in the Department of Islam and Arabic at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

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