Inside al-Qaʻida: The Ideological War

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:
Inside al-Qaʻida: The Ideological War

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This chapter investigates the ongoing ideological war within al-Qa'ida. It focuses on the theo-political and ideological disputes between the main ideologues of global jihad, and looks, among other examples, at the dispute between Dr. Fadl and Ayman al-Zawahiri. This final chapter is intended to bring the ideas of these two jihadist rivals face to face in an attempt to address a number of questions, for example: When, how, and why was the Jihad organization established in Egypt? When and how did it come into contact with al-Qa'ida? When and why did Jihad leave Egypt for Afghanistan? What were they doing there? What was their relationship with 'Abdullah 'Azzam, Bin Laden, and al-Qa'ida?

Keywords: Ayman al-Zawahiri; Dr. Fadl; al-Sharif; 'Abdullah 'Azzam; Bin Laden; al-Qa'ida; ideological war; jihad; Afghanistan

Chapter.  10997 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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