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Decoding Al-Qaeda's Strategy The Deep Battle Against America

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ISBN-10: 0231163843

ISBN-13: 9780231163842

Edition: 2013

Authors: Michael W. S. Ryan

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Consulting the work of well-known and obscure al-Qaeda theoreticians, Michael W. S. Ryan finds Jihadist terrorism has more in common with the principles of Maoist guerrilla warfare than mainstream Islam. Encouraging strategists and researchers to devote greater attention to Jihadi ideas rather than Jihadist military operations, Ryan builds a more effective framework for analyzing al-Qaeda's plans against America and constructs a more compelling counternarrative to the West's supposed "war on Islam."Ryan uniquely examines the Salafist Jihadist roots of al-Qaeda ideology and the contributions of its most famous founders, Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a political-military context. He also reads the Arabic-language works of lesser known theoreticians who have played an instrumental role in framing al-Qaeda's so-called "war of the oppressed." These authors readily cite the guerrilla strategies of Mao, Che Guevara, and the mastermind of the Vietnam War, General Giap. They also incorporate the arguments of American theorists writing on "fourth generation warfare." By examining these texts, readers experience events as insiders see them, and by concentrating on the activities and pronouncements of al-Qaeda's thought leaders, especially in Yemen, they discern the direct link between al-Qaeda's tactics and trends in anti-U.S. terrorism. Ryan shows al-Qaeda's political-military strategy to be a revolutionary and largely secular departure from a classic Muslim conception of jihad, adding an invaluable dimension to the operational, psychological, and informational strategies already deployed by America's military in the region.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 8/13/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Note on Transliteration
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Historical Roots of Al-Qaeda�s Ideology
The Leadership Inspires a New Strategy
Jihad as Revolution
An Action Plan for Savagery
The Jihadist Legacy of Abu Mus'ab al-Suri
Conclusion: What It All Means
Translation of "Revolutionary Wars"
Translation of "Fourth-Generation Warfare"
Notes
Bibliography
Index