From Fundamentalism to Neo-jihadism

Sayed Khatab

in Understanding Islamic Fundamentalism

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9789774164996
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781617971075 | DOI:
From Fundamentalism to Neo-jihadism

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This chapter explores the connections between medieval and modern movements in greater detail. It investigates the transformation from medieval fundamentalism to the recent neo-jihadist ideology adopted by al-Qa'ida and similar jihadist networks. Apart from defining the concept of neo-jihadism, and its source in the literature of al-Qa'ida, the analysis focuses on the process of the transition from fundamentalism to neo-jihadism, including the factors involved, the roots of al-Qa'ida in these processes, these networks' main theological and intellectual inspirations, and their scholarly sources of information.

Keywords: al-Qa'ida; neo-jihadism; Islamic fundamentalism

Chapter.  2763 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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