Articles of the Week – 12/14-12/20

Sunday December 15:

Media Metrics: How Arab & Western Media Construct Success & Failure in the ‘Global War on Terror’ – Sarah V. Marsden, Perspectives on Terrorism: 

Salafi Violence and Sufi Tolerance? Rethinking Conventional Wisdom – Mark Woodward, Muhammad Sani Umar, Inayah Rohmaniyah, and Mariani Yahya, Perspectives on Terrorism: 

Simultaneous Attacks by Terrorist Organisations – Kathleen Deloughery, Perspectives on Terrorism: 

Monday December 16:

Is the Terrorist Threat Declining? The Use and Abuse of Statistics – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross: 

Theorising the “suspect community”: counterterrorism, security practices and the public imagination – Marie Breen-Smyth, Critical Studies on Terrorism: 

Tuesday December 17:

Up to 11,000 foreign fighters in Syria; steep rise among Western Europeans – Aaron Y. Zelin, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation:

Muslim Prisoners, Radicalization and Rehabilitation in British Prisons – Imran Awan, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs: 

Faith-Based Organizations and the Secular State: The Establishment of a Muslim Study Association in Sweden – Tobias Harding, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs: 

Jihadi Discourse in the Wake of the Arab Spring – Nelly Lahoud, Combating Terrorism Center: 

Wednesday December 18:

Rule of Fear: ISIS Abuses in Detention in Northern Syria – Amnesty International: 

Are ad-hoc attacks really the future of jihadism? – Andrew Zammit, The Murphy Raid: 

Thursday December 19:

Foreign Jihadists in Syria: Tracking Recruitment Networks – Aaron Y. Zelin, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: 

The Ahmadiyya and the Study of Comparative Religion in Indonesia: Controversies and Influences – Ahmad Najib Burhani, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations: 

Radical distinctions: a comparative study of two jihadist speeches – Gilbert Ramsay and Sarah Victoria Marsden, Critical Studies on Terrorism: 

The Political Science of Syria’s War – The Project on Middle East Political Science:

Transnational Islamist Networks: Western Fighters in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria – Emmanuel Karagiannis, The International Spectator: Italian Journal of International Affairs: 

Friday December 20:

Law Enforcement Tactics and Their Effectiveness in Dealing With American Terrorism: Organizations, Autonomous Cells, and Lone Wolves — Christopher Hewitt, Terrorism and Political Violence:

Lone Wolf Islamic Terrorism: Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad (Carlos Bledsoe) Case Study – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Terrorism and Political Violence:

Articles of the Week – 11/30-12/13

Saturday November 30:

Hagar’s Wanderings: Between Judaism and Islam – Marcel Poorthuis, Der Islam: 

The Geography of the Isnād: Possibilities for the Reconstruction of Local Ritual Practice in the 2nd/8th Century – Najam Iftikhar Haider, Der Islam: 

Al-Ṭabarī’s Kitāb Marātib al-ʿUlamāʾ and the Significance of Biographical Works Devoted to ‘the Classes of Jurists’ – Devin Stewart, Der Islam: 

Abū l-Faraj Hārūn (Jerusalem, 11th c.) on majāz, between uṣūl al-naḥw, uṣūl al-fiqh and iʿjāz al-Qurʾān  – Miriam Goldstein, Der Islam: 

The ‘War on Terrorism’: What Does it Mean to Win? – Audrey Kurth Cronin, Journal of Strategic Studies: 

Tuesday December 3:

Rebels Consolidating Strength in Syria: The Islamic Front – Aaron Y. Zelin, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy: 

Friday December 6:

Playing with Fire- Why Private Gulf Financing for Syria’s Extremist Rebels Risks Igniting Sectarian Conflict at Home – Elizabeth Dickinson, Brookings Institution: 

Syria’s Gulf Brigades – Elizabeth Dickinson, The Middle East Channel: 

Sunday December 8:

Al-Qaeda’s Governance Strategy in Raqqa – Chris Looney, Syria Comment: 

Islamist Versus Islamist: Rising Challenge in Gaza – Beverley Milton-Edwards, Terrorism and Political Violence: 

Resisting Violent Extremism: A Conceptual Model for Non-Radicalization – R. Kim Cragin, Terrorism and Political Violence: 

Monday December 9:

The Palestine Effect – Thomas Hegghammer and Joas Wagemakers, Die Welt des Islams: 

ʿAbdallāh ʿAzzām and Palestine – Thomas Hegghammer, Die Welt des Islams: 

In Search of “Lions and Hawks” – Joas Wagemakers, Die Welt des Islams: 

Abū Qatāda and Palestine – Petter Nesser, Die Welt des Islams: 

Syria’s Foreign Fighters – Thomas Hegghammer, The Middle East Channel: 

Tuesday December 10:

Preventing Violent Extremism through Value Complexity: Being Muslim Being British – Jose Liht and Sara Savage, Journal of Strategic Security: 

Social Identity Theory for Investigating Islamic Extremism in the Diaspora – Dina Al Raffie, Journal of Strategic Security: 

Irrational Rationality of Terrorism – Robert Nalbandov, Journal of Strategic Security: 

Wednesday December 11:

The Three Versions of Al Qaeda: A Primer – Clint Watts, Foreign Policy Research Institute: 

A Conceptual Framework of Sunni Islamism – Christoph Schuck, Politics, Religion & Ideology: 


Articles of the Week – 11/2-11/29

Tuesday November 5:

Radicalisation in the digital era: The use of the internet in 15 cases of terrorism and extremism – Ines Von Behr, Anaïs Reding, Charlie Edwards, and Luke Gribbon, RAND: 

Effective but inefficient: understanding the costs of counterterrorism – Arjun Chowdhury and Scott Fitzsimmons, Critical Studies on Terrorism: 

Friday November 8:

Meeting a Returned Tunisian Foreign Fighter from the Syrian Front – Aaron Y. Zelin, Syria Deeply: 

Who is Mullah Fazlullah? – Daud Khattak, The AfPak Channel: 

A Little-Known Syrian Jihadi Magazine – Joas Wagemakers, Jihadica: 

Beyond authoritarian upgrading: the re-emergence of Sufi orders in Maghrebi politics – Isabelle Werenfels, The Journal of North African Studies: 

Saturday November 9:

Honour Killings in the UK Communities: Adherence to Tradition and Resistance to Change – Recep Doğan, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs: 

Monday November 11:

Westgate Attack Al-Shabaab’s Renewed Transnational Jihadism – Freedom C. Onuoha, al-Jazeera Center for Studies:

Wednesday November 13:

Outside Support for Insurgent Movements – Dan Byman, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism: 

Al Qaeda’s Twenty-Year Strategic Plan: The Current Phase of Global Terror – Martin Rudner, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism: 

Thursday November 14:

Jihadist Radicalization in Switzerland – Lorenzo Vidino, ETH Zurich:

Friday November 15:

The Rise and Fall of the Salafi al-Nour Party in Egypt – Jonathan AC Brown, Jadaliyya: 

Monday November 18:

Can Muslims Befriend Non-Muslims? Debating al-walāʾ wa-al-barāʾ (Loyalty & Disavowal) in Theory and Practice – Uriya Shavit, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations:

Tuesday November 19:

How Zawahiri Lost al Qaeda: Global Jihad Turns on Itself – William McCants, Foreign Affairs:

Wednesday November 20:

Suspect Communities—Targeting Violent Extremism at the Local Level: Policies of Engagement in Amsterdam, Berlin, and London – Floris Vermeulen, Terrorism and Political Violence: 

Friday November 22:

Lebanese Salafis Amidst Syria’s War – Geneive Abdo, The Middle East Channel:

Saturday November 23:

The History of Jihadism in Finland and An Early Assessment of Finnish Foreign Fighters in Syria – Juha Saarinen, Jihadology:

Monday November 25:

Caliphate Now: Jihadis Debate the Islamic State – Cole Bunzel, Jihadica: 

Examining the Distinct Effects of Emotive Triggers on Public Reactions to International Terrorism – Cigdem V. Sirin and Nehemia Geva, Terrorism and Political Violence: 

“Global Jihad”: The Canadian Experience – Sam Mullins, Terrorism and Political Violence: 

Tuesday November 26:

Jihadist Reactions in the Event of an Israeli War with Hezbollah or Assad [starts on page 14] – Aaron Y. Zelin, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: 

Syria Proving More Fertile Than Iraq to Al-Qa`ida’s Operations – Brian Fishman, CTC Sentinel: 

Tracking Australian Foreign Fighters in Syria – Andrew Zammit, CTC Sentinel: 

The Capture of Abu Anas al-Libi: Reactions and Militancy in Libya – Alison Pargeter, CTC Sentinel: 

The Evolution of Jihadism in Italy: Rise in Homegrown Radicals – Lorenzo Vidino, CTC Sentinel: 

A frighteningly normal man – Marc Sageman, Al Jazeera America:

Wednesday November 27:

Dutch Foreign Fighters – Some Testimonials from the Syrian Front (Part III) – Pieter Van Ostaeyen, Jihadology: 

Number of foreign fighters from Europe in Syria is historically unprecedented. Who should be worried? – Thomas Hegghammer, Monkey Cage: 

Thursday November 28:

Promoting stories about terrorism to the international news media: A study of public diplomacy – Moran Yarchi, Gadi Wolfsfeld, Tamir Sheafer, and Shaul R Shenhav, Media, War & Conflict: 

Being a terrorist: Video game simulations of the other side of the War on Terror – Marcus Schulzke, Media, War & Conflict: 

Articles of the Week – 10/19-11/1

Tuesday October 22:

Going Native: The Pakistanization of Al-Qaeda – Stephen Tankel, War on the Rocks:

Wednesday October 23:

Rebel Advance in Daraa Raises Jihadist Profile in Southern Syria – Kirk H. Sowell, Syria Deeply:

Explaining Muslim Americans’ Opinions on Salient Issues – Gamal Gasima, Jangsup Choi, and Dennis Patterson, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations:

Thursday October 24:

The Nairobi Attack and Al-Shabab’s Media Strategy – Christopher Anzalone, CTC Sentinel:

The Dutch Foreign Fighter Contingent in Syria – Samar Batrawi, CTC Sentinel:

Jordanian Jihadists Active in Syria – Suha Philip Ma’ayeh, CTC Sentinel:

Who is Tunisia’s Salafi Cleric Shaykh al-Khatib al-Idrissi? – Aaron Y. Zelin, al-Wasat: 

Friday October 25:

Tunisia: Uncovering Ansar al-Sharia – Aaron Y. Zelin, Think Africa Press: 

Monday October 28:

Clarifying Boko Haram’s Transnational Intentions, Using Content Analysis of Public Statements in 2012 – Benjamin S. Eveslage, Perspectives on Terrorism: 

The Egyptian Islamic Group’s Critique of Al-Qaeda’s Interpretation of Jihad – Paul Kamolnick Perspectives on Terrorism: 

Islam’s invented Golden Age – Asad Q. Ahmed, openDemocracy:

Tuesday October 29:

Sariyya al-Tali’a al-Khurasani: A New Combat-Tested Shia Militia in Syria – Phillip Smyth, Jihadology: 

Thursday October 31:

ISIS’ Plan to Govern Syria – And What the US Should Do About It – Nathaniel Rosenblatt, War on the Rocks:

Friday November 1:

Pathways to Violent Extremism in the Digital Era – Charlie Edwards and Luke Gribbon, RUSI Journal: 

Articles of the Week – 10/12-10/18

Sunday October 13:

Dutch Foreign Fighters – Some Testimonials from the Syrian Front – Pieter Van Ostaeyen, Jihadology: 

Monday October 14:

Pakistan’s mysterious menace – Michael Kugelman, The AfPak Channel: 

Uzbek Extremism in Context, Part 2: The Internet, Social Media and Religious Speech – Noah Tucker, Registan: 

Uzbek Extremism in Context, Part 3: “Love Your President & Be Content With Bread, or Allah Will Give you a Disease!” 

Tuesday October 15:

Citadels of learning, Boko Haram’s new slaughter fields Alkasim Abdukadir, African Arguments: 

British Foreign Fighters in Syria – Shiraz Maher, International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence: 

Pancakes & Propaganda – Yassin Musharbash, Abu Susu Blog: 

Strings Attached: How politics and fear threaten a new global effort to combat terrorist recruitment – Will McCants, Foreign Policy: 

Wednesday October 16:

Race, Religion, and Political Mobilization: South Asians in the Post-9/11 United States – Sangay Mishra, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism: 

Apostasy Narratives and Representations of Islam on WikiIslam – Daniel Enstedt and Göran Larsson, CyberOrient: 

Online and Offline Continuities, Community and Agency on the Internet – Jon W. Anderson, CyberOrient: 

Digital Images & Visions of Jihad: Virtual Orientalism & the Distorted Lens of Technology – Raymond Pun, CyberOrient: 

Thursday October 17:

Tunisia’s Fragile Transition – Aaron Y. Zelin, The National interest: 

How Rigorous Is Radicalization Research? – Peter Neumann and Scott Kleinmann, Democracy and Security: 

The ‘House of the Prophet’ or the ‘Mosque of the Prophet’? – Essam S. Ayyad, Journal of Islamic Studies: 

Dutch Foreign Fighters – Some Testimonials from Syrian Front #2 – Pieter Van Ostaeyen, Jihadology: 

Insights from a Database of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Militants – C. Christine Fair, Journal of Strategic Studies: 

Building Community Resilience to Counter Violent Extremism – Stevan Weine, Schuyler Henderson, Stephen Shanfield, Rupinder Legha & Jerrold Post, Democracy and Security: 

Friday October 18:

The Badr Organization’s Syrian Expeditionary Force: Quwet al-Shahid Muhammed Baqir al-Sadr – Phillip Smyth, Jihadology:: 

The Rise of the Fringe: Right Wing Populists, Islamists and Politics in the UK – Juris Pupcenoks and Ryan McCabe, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs: 

Articles of the Week – 10/5-10/11

Saturday October 5:

Liwa’a al-Imam al-Hasan al-Mujtaba: A Shia Militia Fighting in Rif Dimashq/Ghouta – Phillip Smyth, Jihadology: 

The Islamic State of Disobedience: al-Baghdadi Triumphant – Cole Bunzel, Jihadica: 

Monday October 7:

Was Kenya Westgate Attack More AQAP/AQ Central Than Shabaab? – Clint Watts, Selected Wisdom: 

Tuesday October 8:

Place still matters: The operational geography of jihadist terror attacks against the US Homeland 1990–2012 – Christopher Jasparro, Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: 

Wednesday October 9:

AQI’s ‘Soldiers’ Harvest’ Campaign – Jessica D. Lewis, Institute for the Study of War: 

Thursday October 10:

Terrorists on Social Media: Arguments That Don’t Impress Me – J.M. Berger, Intel Wire: 

Al Qaeda’s Syrian Strategy – Barak Barfi and Aaron Y. Zelin, Foreign Policy: 

Friday October 11:

Jihadi-Salafism’s Next Generation – Haim Malka and William Lawrence, Center for Strategic and International Studies: 

The Hybrid Terrorist Organization: Hezbollah as a Case Study – Eitan Azani, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism: 

Alienating the Grassroots: Looking Back at Al Qaeda’s Communicative Approach Toward Muslim Audiences – Donald Holbrook, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism: 

Articles of the Week – 8/24-10/4

Saturday August 24:

How We Killed Privacy — in 4 Easy Steps – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Kelsey D. Atherton, Foreign Policy: 

Al-Qaida Advises the Arab Spring: Al-Maqdisi – Joas Wagemakers, Jihadica: 

Monday August 26:

An Empirical Study of Suicide Terrorism: A Global Analysis – Charlinda Santifort-Jordan and Todd Sandler, Southern Economic Journal: 

Tuesday August 27:

Hizb Allah’s Gambit in Syria – Matthew Levitt and Aaron Y. Zelin, CTC Sentinel:

From Karbala to Sayyida Zaynab: Iraqi Fighters in Syria’s Shi`a Militias – Phillip Smyth, CTC Sentinel:

Who let the Dog out? A note on the German side of “jihadism” – Nico Prucha, Jihadica: 

Wednesday August 28:

Tunis Designates Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia – Aaron Y. Zelin, al-Wasat:

The Suicidal Tendencies of Suicide Bombers – Jessica Stern, Foreign Affairs: 

Thursday August 29:

New fears for Syria’s jihadists – Charles Lister, The Middle East Channel: 

Monday September 2:

The Political Context of Early Wahhabi Discourse of Takfir – Tarik K. Firro, Middle Eastern Studies: 

A Handbook on Mali’s 2012-2013 Crisis – Alexander Thurston and Andrew Lebovich, Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa:

Thursday September 5:

Syria’s Military Opposition: How Effective, United, or Extremist? – Jeffrey White, Andrew J. Tabler, and Aaron Y. Zelin, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy: 

Belgian Jihadis in Syria – Pieter Van Ostaeyen, Jihadology: 

Friday September 6:

Memo about Syria: Jihadis are people too – Joas Wagemakers, Jihadica: 

Saturday September 7:

66 Important Jihadist Twitter Accounts (part 2) – Nico Prucha and Ali Fisher, Jihadica: 

Backgrounder on the Mujahideen of the Caucasus and the Levant – Mark Youngman, Extremist Russia: 

The North Caucasus Insurgency’s Syrian Balancing Act – Mark Youngman, Jihadology: 

Sunday September 8:

Porous Borders & Boko Haram’s Arms Smuggling Operations in Nigeria – Freedom Onuoha, al-Jazeera Center for Studies: 

Monday September 9:

Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada Emerges: Updates on the New Iraqi Shia Militia Supplying Fighters to Syria – Phillip Smyth, Jihadology: 

Jihadist Terrorism: A Threat Assessment – Peter Bergen, Bruce Hoffman, Michael Hurley, and Erroll Southers, Bipartisan Policy Center: 

A Global Venture to Counter Violent Extremism – Ed Husain, Council on Foreign Relations: 

Syria’s Insurgency: Beyond Good Guys and Bad Guys – Charles Lister, The Middle East Channel: 

Tuesday September 10

The al Qaeda Network: A New Framework for Defining the Enemy – Katie Zimmerman, American Enterprise Institute: 

Al-Qaeda in Syria: A Closer Look at ISIS (Part I) – Aaron Y. Zelin, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: 

al-Qaeda in Iraq Resurgent – Jessica D. Lewis, Institute for the Study of War: 

Al-Qaeda’s continued core strategy and disquieting leader-led trajectory – Bruce Hoffman and Fernando Reinares, Real Instituto Elcano:

Wednesday September 11:

Jihad 2020: Assessing Al-Qaida’s 20-Year Plan – Aaron Y. Zelin, World Politics Review: 

Al-Qaeda in Syria: A Closer Look at ISIS (Part II) – Aaron Y. Zelin, Washington Institute for Near East Policy:

Dear jihadis: A letter from J.M. – J.M. Berger, Intel Wire: 

Thursday September 12:

Uzbek Extremism in Context, Part 1: The Uzbek Jihad and the Problem of Religious Freedom – Noah Tucker, Registan: 

A New Index to Assess the Effectiveness of Al Qaeda – Noman Benotman and Jonathan Russell, Quilliam Foundation:

Monday September 16:

Omar and Me: My strange, frustrating relationship with an American terrorist – J.M. Berger, Foreign Policy: 

Wednesday September 18:

Zawahiri’s “Guideline for Jihad” – Yassin Musharbash, Abu Susu: 

Rise of Militant Salafism in Azerbaijan & Its Regional Implications – Emil Souleimanov and Maya Ehrmann, Middle East Policy: 

Thursday September 19:

An Islamist ‘renaissance’? Religion & politics in post-revolutionary Tunisia – Anne Wolf, The Journal of North African Studies: 

Friday September 20:

Do Excellent Surgeons Make Miserable Exegetes? Negotiating the Sunni Tradition in the ǧihādī Camps – Simon Wolfgang Fuchs, Die Welt des Islams:

In Internet’s Way: Radical, Terrorist Islamists on the Free Highway – Raphael Cohen-Almago, International Journal of Cyber Warfare and Terrorism: 

Sharia courts of the Sinai – Mara Revkin, The Middle East Channel: 

Saturday September 21:

Al-Qaida Advises the Arab Spring: The Case for al-Baghdadi – Joas Wagemakers, Jihadica: 

Tuesday September 24:

The Swedish Foreign Fighter Contingent in Syria – Per Gudmundson, CTC Sentinel: 

Pakistani Fighters Joining the War in Syria – Zia Ur Rehman, CTC Sentinel: 

The Siege in Nairobi – Clinton Watts, Foreign Policy: 

Media Discourse on Jihadist Terrorism in Europe – Sybille Reinke de Buitrago, Journal of Terrorism Research: 

Islamist groups in the UK and recruitment – Mohammed Ilyas, Journal of Terrorism Research: 

Wednesday September 25:

Weathering Morocco’s Syria Returnees – Vish Sakthivel, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: 

Thursday September 26:

Harvest of violence: the neglect of basic rights and the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria – Hakeem O. Yusuf, Critical Studies on Terrorism: 

Dilemmas of “going legit”: why should violent groups engage in or avoid electoral politics? – Susanne Martin, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression: 

Friday September 27:

The Dangers of Success: Why it’s not so simple to crush and kill al Qaeda affiliates – Dan Byman, Foreign Policy: 

Monday September 30:

Gulf charities and Syrian sectarianism – William McCants, The Middle East Channel: 

Al-Qaeda’s Offensive Against Iraq’s Sahwa – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Bridget Moreng, War on the Rocks:

Tuesday October 1:

Keeping Score in the War on al-Qaeda – StephenTankel, War On The Rocks: 

Twitter’s Week of Reckoning – J.M. Berger, Foreign Policy: 

Wednesday October 2:

Assessing (In)security after the Arab Spring – John Gledhill, PS: Political Science & Politics: 

Assessing (In)security after the Arab Spring: The Case of Egypt – Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, PS: Political Science & Politics: 

Assessing (In)security after the Arab Spring: The Case of Yemen – April Longley Alley, PS: Political Science & Politics: 

Assessing (In)security after the Arab Spring: The Case of Libya – Brian McQuinn, PS: Political Science & Politics: 

Conclusion: Managing (In)security in Post-Arab Spring Transitions – John Gledhill, PS: Political Science & Politics: 

The Malian Crisis and its Actors – Dario Cristiani and Riccardo Fabiani, The International Spectator: 

Thursday October 3:

Increasing Numbers of Central Asian Jihadists in Syria – Jacob Zenn, CACI Analyst: 

Al-Qaeda in Iraq Resurgent Part II – Jessica Lewis, Institute for the Study of War: 

The Rise of Persian Salafism – Mehdi Khalaji, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: 

Population Redistribution and Language Spread in the Medieval Muslim World – Ghada Osman, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies: 

Articles of the Week – 8/17-8/23

Monday August 19: 

Socio-political Background and Intellectual Undergirding of the Ikhwani Breakaway Factions: 1954-1981 – Aaron Y. Zelin, Jihadology: 

Challenging the Myth of the Drug-Terror Nexus in the Sahel – Wolfram Lacher, Kofi Annan Foundation:

Tuesday August 20:

Turkish Fighters in Syria, Online and Off – North Caucasus Caucus, Jihadology: 

The ‘Who’s Who’ of the Most Important Jihadi Accounts on Twitter? – Nico Prucha and Ali Fisher, Jihadica: 

Wednesday August 21:

A Crumbling Salafi Strategy – Kevin Casey, Sada Journal: 

Thursday August 22:

How Syria’s Jihadists Win Friends and Influence People – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Phillip Smyth, The Atlantic: 

Friday August 23:

Interviews With Canadian Radicals – Gaetano Joe Ilardi, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism: 

Explaining a Turning Point in Australian Jihadism – Andrew Zammit, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism: 

Of Mergers, MUJAO, and Mokhtar Belmokhtar – Andrew Lebovich, al-Wasat: 

The Egypt Aid Dilemma – Stephen Tankel, The National Interest:

Articles of the Week – 8/10-8/16

Saturday August 10:

Comparative Lone Wolf Terrorism: Toward a Heuristic Definition – Matthew Feldman, Democracy and Security: 

Islamism and the Pakistani State – Husain Haqqani, Current Trends in Islamist Ideology: 

Sunday August 11:

Organizing Rebellion: Rethinking High-Risk Mobilization and Social Networks in War – Sarah Elizabeth Parkinson, American Political Science Review: 

Monday August 12:

Are Morocco’s Political Salafists Committed to Peace? – Vish Sakthivel, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: 

Libya’s jihadists beyond Benghazi – Aaron Y. Zelin, The Middle East Channel: 

Breaking Badr, New Season: Confirmation of Badr Organization’s Involvement in Syria – Phillip Smyth, Jihadology: 

Tuesday August 13:

Problematics of political authority within Islam – Muhammad Mazouz, Contemporary Arab Affairs: 

Relationship between state and religion in Saudi Arabia: the role of Wahabism in governance – Tawfiq Alsaif, Contemporary Arab Affairs: 

Geopolitical shifts: Asia rising, America declining in Middle East? – Michael C. Hudson, Contemporary Arab Affairs: 

A Return of Violent Islamist Insurgency in Egypt? – Jerome Drevon, Sada Journal: 

The Business Habits of Highly Effective Terrorists – Jacob N. Shapiro, Foreign Affairs: 

The Cuban in the Desert – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Foreign Policy: 

Wednesday August 14:

Overstating Terror in Niger – Andrew Lebovich, Foreign Affairs:

Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq’s Liwa’a Kafeel Zaynab – Phillip Smyth, Jihadology: 

Zero Degrees of al Qaeda: How Twitter is super-charging jihadist recruitment – J.M. Berger, Foreign Policy: 

Imposing Islamist ‘project’ betrays the spirit of religion – Khaled Diab, The National: 

Did an 8-Year-Old Spy for America? – Gregory Johnsen, The Atlantic:

Thursday August 15: 

From Useful Idiot to Useful Infidel: Meditations on the Folly of 21st-Century “Intellectuals” – Richard Landes, Terrorism and Political Violence: 

The Ideological Evolution of Boko Haram in Nigeria: Merging Local Salafism and International Jihadism – Jacob Zenn, Atta Barkindo, and Nicholas A Heras, RUSI Journal: 

My Two Weeks With the Jihadists – Michael Marcusa, The Atlantic: 

Articles of the Week – 8/3-8/9

Saturday August 3:

The Core of the Qur’an: Sūrat Yā Sīn (Q. 36) – M.A.S. Abdel Haleem, Journal of Qur’anic Studies: 

Al-Tabarī and the Dynamics of tafsīr: Theological Dimensions of a Legacy – Mustafa Shah, Journal of Qur’anic Studies: 

Monday August 5:

The state and identity: the relationship between religion and politics – Tunisia as an example – Salaheddine Jourchi, Contemporary Arab Affairs: 

Syncretic Spirituality: Islam in Indigenous Australia – Peta Stephenson, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations: 

Turkey’s jihadi dilemma – Soner Cagaptay and Aaron Y. Zelin, CNN: 

The Great Escape – Raheem Salman and Ned Parker, Foreign Policy: 

Tuesday August 6:

Not Another al-Qaeda Article – Stephen Tankel, War on the Rocks: 

Wednesday August 7:

Pakistan’s urban militant threat – Fahd Humayun, The AfPak Channel: 

Thursday August 8:

Implementing ‘Sharia’ in Syria’s Liberated Provinces – Thomas Pierret, Foundation for Law, Justice and Society: 

New Evidence on Ansar al-Sharia in Libya Training Camps – Aaron Y. Zelin, al-Wasat: 

The Gift – Marc Lynch, Foreign Policy:

Friday August 9:

The resurgence of militant Islam in Central Asia – Luke Falkenburg, Small Wars & Insurgencies: 

Exposing & exploiting weaknesses in merger of Al-Qaeda & Al-Shabaab – Matthew J. Thomas, Small Wars & Insurgencies: 

Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria and the vicious cycle of internal insecurity – Oarhe Osumah, Small Wars & Insurgencies: