Natana DeLong-Bas

in Islamic Studies

ISBN: 9780195390155
Published online December 2009 | | DOI:


Al-Qaeda, meaning “The Base,” refers broadly to a group fighting a declared global jihad of holy war against the West, Zionism, and certain Arab regimes with the proclaimed aim of defeating them and placing “Islam” in a position of power, both politically and ideologically. Scholars and analysts differ in opinion as to whether al-Qaeda is an organization with centralized control and command, an umbrella organization that includes a variety of jihadist-minded smaller organizations or movements in different locations, a franchise operation with limited centralized control, or simply a figment of Western imagination that was constructed in order to put a face on the ideology being fought in the ongoing War on Terror.

Article.  4982 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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