Articles of the Week – 4/28-5/18

Monday April 30:

Al Qaeda Is Doing Nation-Building. Should We Worry? -Will McCants, Foreign Policy: http://bit.ly/JXHz6U

Missionary at Home, Jihadist Abroad: A Profile of Tunisia’s Abu Ayyad the Amir of Ansar al-Shari‘ah – Aaron Y. Zelin, Jamestown Foundation’s Militant Leadership Monitor: http://bit.ly/J6LKeW

Tuesday May 1:

The Lesser of Two Evils: The Salafi Turn to Party Politics in Egypt  – Will McCants, Brookings Institution: http://bit.ly/L7Kyrt

The Next Chapter of Global Jihad – Randall Blake, Brookings Institution: http://bit.ly/L7KFmF

Wednesday May 2: 

Egypt’s “blessed” Salafi votes Khalil al-Anani, Mideast Channel: http://bit.ly/IqkBas

Libyan Islamists Unpacked: Rise, Transformation, and Future – Omar Ashour, Brookings Institution: http://bit.ly/L7LOL7

Jihadism on the Rise in Azerbaijan – Emil Souleimanov, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Analyst: http://bit.ly/Kv5WvT

Xinjiang Insurgents and China-Pakistan Relations – Jacob Zenn, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Analyst: http://bit.ly/IQzBJ8

Thursday May 3:

Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined? – Combating Terrorism Center: http://bit.ly/IGkV60

Purifying Kashmir: Saudi Arabia Exports Salafism to the War-Torn Region – Tariq Mir, Boston Review: http://bit.ly/IIiX4R

Mali: More on Law-and-Order Islamism – Alex Thurston, Sahel Blog: http://bit.ly/IIjweP

Abbottabad Documents Shed Light on Al Qaeda’s Use of Internet – J.M. Berger, IntelWire: http://bit.ly/L7LcVP

The bin Laden Files – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Foreign Policy: http://bit.ly/JGoN7d

Hajj Amin al-Husayni and the Haram al-Sharif: A Pan-Islamic or Palestinian Nationalist Cause? – Erik Freas, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies: http://bit.ly/Kv4ZE1

Redeeming Sunni Islam: Al-Qa‘ida’s Polemic against the Muslim Brethren – Meir Hatina, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies: http://bit.ly/Kv58qN

Friday May 4:

Bin Laden’s online legacy – Aaron Y. Zelin, The Conversation.edu: http://bit.ly/JGFjBL

Bin Laden Docs: A Note of Caution – Clint Watts, Selected Wisdom: http://bit.ly/J1kqjq

Al-Shabaab Split Threatens to Open New Conflict Between Somalia’s Islamists – Muhyadin Ahmed Roble, Terrorism Monitor: http://bit.ly/IQzMV0

German Trials Highlight the Role of the IMU as a Feeder for al-Qaeda Operations in Europe – Raffaello Pantucci, Terrorism Monitor: http://bit.ly/IQzPQJ

Monday May 7:

Jihadists and bushfires: let’s not go nuts – Andrew Zammit: http://bit.ly/JLb0Fw

Posthumous Awlaki Article Claims CIA, FBI Tried to Recruit Him as An Informant – J.M. Berger, IntelWire: http://bit.ly/IRzGmr

Should Captured AQ Documents Have Been Released? – Steven R. Corman & Jarret Brachman: COMOPS Journal: http://bit.ly/K6gnoC

Assessing Interpretations of the New Bin Laden Documents – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Gunpowder and Lead: http://bit.ly/JGqyBq

Tuesday May 8: 

Ibrahim Asiri: A Unique bombmaker? – Gregory Johnsen, Waq al-Waq: http://bit.ly/JGqLnY

Thursday May 10:

Unanswered Questions – Gregory Johnsen, Waq al-Waq: http://bit.ly/L7NyUF

Facebook Fatwa: Saudi Clerics, Wahhabi Islam and Social Media – Jonathan Schanzer and Steven Miller, Foundation for Defense of Democracies: http://bit.ly/IN905u

Friday May 11:

Measuring Success – Gregory Johnsen, Waq al-Waq: http://bit.ly/L7NTXf

Sunday May 13:

Rolled Up in Azawad – Kal, The Moor Next Door: http://bit.ly/JIuuw0

Monday May 14:

Warding off terrorism and revolution: Moroccan religious pluralism, national identity and the politics of visual culture – Amanda E. Rogers, The Journal of North African Studies: http://bit.ly/Ar8pd5

Sufism, Salafism and state policy towards religion in Algeria: a survey of Algerian youth – Hamidi Khemissi, Ricardo René Larémont & Taybi Taj Eddine, The Journal of North African Studies: http://bit.ly/ITOPOb

Tuesday May 15:

Abu Mus’ab al Zarqawi under influence: one mentor? – Kévin Jackson, All Eyes on Jihad: http://bit.ly/L7OxUT

Policing Strategies against Islamic Terrorism in the UK after 9/11: The Socio-Political Realities for British Muslims – Stefano Bonino, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs: http://bit.ly/L5R7tS

Principles over Prejudice: Social Dominance Theory and the Mosques’ Controversy in American Cities – Daniel Hummel, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs: http://bit.ly/Jd2h4T

The Legal Methodology of “Fiqh al-Aqalliyyat” and its Critics: An Analytical Study – Tauseef Ahmad Parray, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs: http://bit.ly/L5RsN5

Wednesday May 16:

Taking on the Persona of a Suicide Bomber:a Thought Experiment – Anne Speckhard, Beatrice Jacuch & Valentijn Vanrompay, Perspectives on Terrorism: http://bit.ly/L5QtMP

Mapping Contemporary Terrorism Courses at Top-Ranked National Universities and Liberal Arts Colleges in the U.S. – Ivan Sascha Sheehan, Perspectives on Terrorism: http://bit.ly/Jd1O2A

Riots, Ritual and Rage – ‘Salafists’ and PRO-NRW in Germany – Martijn de Koning, Closer: http://bit.ly/L7Pf4n

Thursday May 17:

Jailhouse rock. Foreign Fighters. Somalia, Syria, Sahel. – Cross the Green Mountain: http://bit.ly/L7PmNp

Omar Hamammi’s Autobiography: Intellectual Influences – Jarret Brachman: http://bit.ly/JW88uj

Syrian Jihadis: Real and Exaggerated – Aaron Y. Zelin and Andrew Tabler, The Washington Institute for Near Policy: http://bit.ly/JowPvb

Friday May 18:

Borum’s “Radicalization into Violent Extremism I” – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Gunpowder and Lead: http://bit.ly/J6yl6T

Beyond moderation: dynamics of political Islam in Pakistan – Joshua T. White, Contemporary South Asia: http://bit.ly/L7PKvf