Remembering our heroes: Global jihad’s militancy in a comparative perspective

Meir Hatina*

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Many studies have been devoted to the features of global jihad (also known as Salafi jihadism), its historical development, its difference from other Salafi groups, or its struggles with ideological rivals. Little emphasis, however, has been given to global jihadists’ ideological genealogy, and hence to locating them in a comparative perspective. How did they commemorate their formative heroes, such as the medieval jurist Ibn Taymiyya and mid-twentieth century ideologues, such as Sayyid Qutb, Abu al-A'la al-Mawdudi, 'Abd al-Salam Faraj, Shukri Mustafa', Marwan Hadid or Sa'id Hawwa? Were these figures still perceived as cultural heroes, or were they shunned? Did their writings continue to provide sources of inspiration, or were they replaced by new manifestos? An in-depth discussion of these questions, based on a textual analysis of jihadi sources, may shed further light on global jihadists’ ideological evolution and self-perceptions. It will provide an additional prism for analyzing modern Sunni militancy, and scrutinize the extent its protagonists’ treatises match past traditions or, alternatively, deviate from them in favor of cultivated traditions, thus advancing a dissident agenda.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)98-124
Number of pages27
JournalMiddle East Law and Governance
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021

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  • 'Abd al-Salam Faraj
  • 'ulamā'
  • Al-Qa'ida
  • Global jihad
  • Ibn Taymiyya
  • Isis
  • Jihad
  • Radical Islam
  • Sa'id Hawwa
  • Sayyid Qutb
  • Takfīr


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