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Thoroughly Modern Mujahidin

Charles Kurzman

in The Missing Martyrs

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199766871
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897414 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766871.003.0003
Thoroughly Modern Mujahidin

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Outsiders often confuse al-Qaida with the Taliban, but these two organizations represent distinct revolutionary movements that are often at odds with each other, despite similarities in their Islamic world-view. The Taliban are a local movement that draws on poorly educated villagers, while al-Qaida is a global movement that draws on relatively well-educated cosmopolitans, who speak European languages and are eager to adopt modern technology. Technology is not the only modern aspect of these global revolutionaries. They also seek to dismantle tribal hierarchies and monarchical government—not in the name of the West, but in opposition to the West.

Keywords: terror; terrorist; terrorism; Islam; Islamic; Islamist; Muslim; al-Qaida; Taliban; modern; modernity

Chapter.  10697 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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