Articles of the Week – 4/13-4/19

Tuesday April 16:

Pious Way to Politics: The Rise of Political Salafism in Post-Mubarak Egypt – Khalil al-Anani and Maszlee Malik, Digest of Middle East Studies:

Wednesday April 17:

AQIM’s existing –and disrupted– plans in –and from– the Sahel – Fernando Reinares, Real Instituto Elcano: 

The alleged arrest of a maimed terrorist – Mr. Orange’s War Tracker:

Thursday April 18:

Funding Terror – Shima Baradaran, Michael Findley, Daniel Nielson, and J. C. Sharman, University of Pennsylvania Law Review: 

Friday April 19:

“Obliged to Unite under One Banner”: A Profile of Syria’s Jaysh al-Muhajireen wa’l-Ansar – Murad Batal al-Shishani, Terrorism Monitor: 

Fighting Salafi-Jihadist Insurgencies: How Much Does Religion Really Matter? – Dan Byman, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism: 

Al Qaeda’s Sharia Crisis: Sayyid Imam and the Jurisprudence of Lawful Military Jihad – Paul Kamolnick, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism: 

Know Your Enemy: On the Futility of Distinguishing Between Terrorists and Insurgents – James Khalil, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism: 

Articles of the Week – 4/6-4/12

Tuesday April 9:

Introducing the “Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria” – Cole Bunzel, Jihadica: 

Is the Taleban Insurgency a Holy or an Unholy War? An Afghan-Pakistani ulema debate – Borhan Osman, Afghanistan Analysts Network: 

AQI + S = ISIGS – Yassin Musharbash, Abu Susu Blog:

Al-Qaeda Announces an Islamic State in Syria – Aaron Y. Zelin, Washington Institute for Near East Policy: 

Wednesday April 10:

Jabhat al-Nusra responds – Yassin Musharbash, Abu Susu Blog: 

Welcome to the Islamic State of Syria – Brian Fishman, Foreign Policy:

Thursday April 11:

Secularism and Islam: The Theological Predicament – Olivier Roy, The International Spectator: 

Salafism in Tunisia: An Interview with a Member of Ansar al-Sharia – Fabio Merone, Jadaliyya: 

Friday April 12:

Islamists and Democracy: Cautions from Pakistan – Husain Haqqani, Journal of Democracy: 

The Strange Case of the White Jihadist of Timbuktu – Harald Doornbos and Jenan Moussa, Foreign Policy: 

Articles of the Week – 3/23-4/5

Saturday March 23:

Did Tunisia’s Salafi Jihadists Just Announce Their Allegiance to al-Qaeda? – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Aaron Y. Zelin, al-Wasat: 

Tuesday March 26:

Radical Islamism, Traditional Islam and Ethno-Nationalism in the Northern Caucasus – Chen Brama and Moshe Gammer, Middle Eastern Studies: 

Wednesday March 27:

Cooperation or Competition: Boko Haram and Ansaru After the Mali Intervention – Jacob Zenn, CTC Sentinel:

AQIM’s Playbook in Mali – Pascale Combelles Siegel, CTC Sentinel:

Al-Shabab’s Tactical and Media Strategies in the Wake of its Battlefield Setbacks – Christopher Anzalone, CTC Sentinel:

Violent extremist group ecologies under stress – Manuel Cebrian, Manuel R. Torres, Ramon Huerta, and James H. Fowler, Nature: 

Thursday March 28:

Why is Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia’s Leader Threatening the Government? – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, al-Wasat: 

Radicalisation, De-Radicalisation, Counter-Radicalisation: A Conceptual Discussion & Literature Review – Alex P. Schmid, The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague: 

Islam and Exceptionalism in American Political Discourse – Peter Mandaville, PS: Political Science & Politics: 

Tuesday April 2:

Islamism in Libya – Aaron Y. Zelin, World Almanac on Islamism:

European Foreign Fighters in Syria – Aaron Y. Zelin, The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence: 

Wednesday April 3:

Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria: No Easy Fix – Omar S. Mahmood, Homeland Security Policy Institute: 

Thursday April 4: 

Jama’atu Ansarul Musilimina Fi Biladis Sudan: Nigeria’s Evolving Militant Group – Freedom C. Onuoha, al-Jazeera Center for Studies: 

Anirban Ghosh, Arif Jamal, Christine Fair, Don Rassler, and Nadia Shoeb – The Fighters of Lashkar-e-Taiba: Recruitment, Training, Deployment and Death, Combating Terrorism Center:

Articles of the Week – 3/16-3/22

Monday March 18:

The Arrest of Osama bin Laden’s Son-in-law – Michael W. S. Ryan, Terrorism Monitor: 

Tuesday March 19:

Syria’s Salafi Insurgents: Rise of the Syrian Islamic Front – Aron Lund, Swedish Institute of International Affairs: 

Islamic law states and the International Court of Justice – Emilia Justyna Powell, Journal of Peace Research: 

The Jihadi from the Block – Peter Tinti, Foreign Policy: 

Wednesday March 20:

The 18th Document Or: News from Abottabad – Yassin Musharbash, Abu Susu Blog: 

Are the Jihadi Forums Flagging? An Ideologue’s Lament – Cole Bunzel, Jihadica: 

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Calls on North African Jihadists to Fight in Sahel, Not Syria – Camille Tawil, Terrorism Monitor: 

Thursday March 21:

Islamist Militias Take to the Streets as Egyptians Look for Solutions to Internal Security Crisis – Andrew McGregor, Terrorism Monitor: 

Friday March 22:

The Glocalisation of Al Qaedaism – Prem Mahadevan, ISN: 

A militant Islamist/jihadi nexus is emerging in northern & eastern Syria – Charles Lister:

The Jihadist from Phoenix – Ilan Ben Zion and Greg Tepper, Foreign Policy: 

Articles of the Week – 3/9-3/15

Monday March 11:

Terrorism and the Labor- Force Evidence of an Effect on Female Labor Force Participation and the Labor Gender Gap – Claude Berrebi and Jordan Ostwald, RAND: 

Abu Ghaith and al-Qa’ida’s Dissident Faction in Iran – Vahid Brown, Jihadica: 

Al-Qaeda in Iraq Enters the Syrian Conflict – Aaron Y. Zelin, al-Wasat: 

Tuesday March 12:

Outsourcing Justice in the Sinai: Sharia Courts Thrive in the Shadow of a Weak State – Mara Revkin, Egypt Source: 

Wednesday March 13:

Evolution of the Global Jihad: Female Suicide Bombers in Iraq – Jessica Davis, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism: 

Unpacking the Connection Between Terror and Islam – Justin Conrad and Daniel Milton, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism: 

A Day Among the Diehard Terrorists: The Psychological Costs of Doing Ethnographic Research – Alessandro Orsini, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism: 

How the Muslim Brotherhood Hijacked Syria’s Revolution – Hassan Hassan, Foreign Policy: 

Thursday March 14:

Jama’atu Ansarul Musilimina Fi Biladis Sudan: Nigeria’s Evolving Terrorist Group – Freedom C. Onuoha, al-Jazeera Center for Studies: 

The Quranic Mushrikūn and the resurrection (Part II) – Patricia Crone, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies: 

Mission Creep in the War on Terror – Rosa Brooks, Foreign Policy: 

Articles of the Week – 3/2-3/8

Saturday March 2:

Characteristics of Lone-Wolf Violent Offenders: a Comparison of Assassins and School Attackers – Clark McCauley, Sophia Moskalenko, and Benjamin Van Son, Perspectives on Terrorism:

‘Bomb-Making for Beginners’: Inside al Al-Qaeda E-Learning Course – Anne Stenersen, Perspectives on Terrorism:

Thursday March 7:

The Emerging Red-Green Alliance: Where Political Islam Meets the Radical Left – Emmanuel Karagiannis and Clark McCauley, Terrorism and Political Violence:

Coming to Believe “Truths” About Islamist Radicalization in Europe – Daniela Pisoiu, Terrorism and Political Violence:

“How to Fight Savage Tribes”: The Global War on Terror in Historical Perspective – Erik Ringmar, Terrorism and Political Violence:

Considering al-Qa’ida’s Innovation Doctrine: From Strategic Texts to “Innovation in Practice” – Brian A. Jackson and Bryce Loidolt, Terrorism and Political Violence:

Do Drone Strikes Degrade Al Qaeda? Evidence From Propaganda Output – Megan Smith and James Igoe Walsh, Terrorism and Political Violence:

Tunisia’s Post-Revolution Blues – Aaron Y. Zelin, Foreign Affairs:

Youth Politics and Tunisian Salafism: Understanding the Jihadi Current – Monica Marks, Mediterranean Politics:

African Development Surge Could Play into AQIM Narrative – Nathaniel Greenberg, Center for Strategic Communication:

Friday March 8: 

Has online jihadist radicalisation been overhyped? – Andrew Zammit:

The Growing Alliance between Uzbek Extremists and the Pakistani Taliban – Jacob Zenn, Terrorism Monitor:

An Analysis of Abu Mus’ab al-Suri’s “Call to Global Islamic Resistance” – M.W. Zackie, Journal of Strategic Security:

Meeting Tunisia’s Ansar al-Sharia – Aaron Y. Zelin, The Middle East Channel:

Articles of the Week – 2/9-3/1

Saturday February 9:

The Islamist mess in Damascus – Aron Lund, Syria Comment:

Monday February 11:

The Night’s Watch: Ansar al-Shari’ah in Tunisia’s ‘Neighborhood Committees’ – Aaron Y. Zelin, al-Wasat:

Desacralization of Islamism – Khalil al-Anani, The Middle East Channel:

Saturday February 16:

How Europe Bankrolls Terror – Nasser Weddady, The New York Times:

Monday February 18:

Former friend rips Hammami in online post, calling him ‘simple-minded,’ says he stole credit for raps – J.M. Berger, IntelWire:

Context and Conflict Documents – Andrew Lebovich, al-Wasat:

Wednesday February 20:

Deciphering the Jihadist Presence in Syria: An Analysis of Martyrdom Notices – Aaron Y. Zelin, CTC Sentinel:

Islamist Militant Groups in Post-Qadhafi Libya – Alison Pargeter, CTC Sentinel:

British Fighters Joining the War in Syria – Raffaello Pantucci, CTC Sentinel:

#Unfollow: The case for kicking terrorists off Twitter – J.M. Berger, Foreign Policy:

Homegrown Jihadists and the Evolution of al-Qaeda – Barry Cooper, Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute:

Thursday February 21:

Bum Rap – J.M. Berger, IntelWire:

Friday February 22:

Gazan Jihadists Unite to Create New Operational Base in Sinai – Murad Batal al-Shishani, Terrorism Monitor:

Monday February 25:

Al-Qaeda Advises the Syrian Revolution: Shumukh al-Islam’s “Comprehensive Strategy” for Syria Cole Bunzel, Jihadica:

Tuesday February 26:

Uncharitable Organizations – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Aaron Y. Zelin, Foreign Policy:

Wednesday February 27:

Muhammad al-Zawahiri: Leader of the Salafi-Jihadi Revival in Post-Mubarak Egypt – Aaron Y. Zelin, Militant Leadership Monitor:

Articles of the Week – 2/2-2/8

Monday February 4:

The Syrian Islamic Front: A New Salafi Force – Aaron Y. Zelin, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy:

The State of Global Jihad Online: A Qualitative, Quantitative, and Cross-Lingual Analysis – Aaron Y. Zelin, The New America Foundation:

Tuesday February 5:

AQIM and Its Allies in Mali – Andrew Lebovich, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy:

#Jihad’s social media trend – Aaron Y. Zelin, The AfPak Channel:

Wednesday February 6:

Americans: If You Don’t Want To Get Killed By A Drone, Avoid These 4 Things! – Clint Watts, Selected Wisdom:

Thursday February 7:

Twitter Devolutions: How social media is hurting the Arab Spring – Marc Lynch, Foreign Policy:

Articles of the Week – 1/26-2/1

Monday January 28:

Muslim Governance and the Duty to Protect – Irene Oh, Journal of Religious Ethics:

Explaining Variation in Western Jihadists’ Choice between Domestic and Foreign Fighting – Thomas Hegghammer, American Political Science Review:

The Feudal Revolution and Europe’s Rise: Political Divergence of the Christian West and the Muslim World before 1500 CE – Lisa Blaydes and Eric Chaney, American Political Science Review:

Religious Authorization of the Justice and Spirituality Movement in Morocco – Ahmet Yükleyen and Aziz Abba, Politics, Religion & Ideology:

Islamist political movements in Yemen – Abdulmalik Mohammad Abdullah Eissa, Contemporary Arab Affairs:

Violent Jihadism in Real Time: Al-Shabaab’s Use of Twitter – START:

Tuesday January 29:

Jihadism’s Widening Internal Divide: Intellectual Infighting Heats Up – Cole Bunzel, Jihadica:

Wednesday January 30:

Hizballah and the Qods Force in Iran’s Shadow War with the West – Matthew Levitt, Washington Institute for Near East Policy:

The recruiter’s dilemma – Signalling and rebel recruitment tactics, Thomas Hegghammer, Journal of Peace Research:

Causality between terrorism and economic growth – Daniel Meierrieks and Thomas Gries, Journal of Peace Research:

Thursday January 31:

Analyzing Foreign Influence and Jihadi Networks in Nigeria – Andrew Lebovich, al-Wasat:

Friday February 1:

Muslim-American Terrorism: Declining Further – Charles Kurzman, Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security:

Articles of the Week – 1/19-1/25

Saturday January 19:

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Al Qaeda’s Senior Leadership – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Gunpowder and Lead:

Primer on Jihadi Players in Algeria and Mali, Pt. 1: AQIM – Andrew Lebovich, Jihadica:

Promoting Exit from Violent Extremism: Themes and Approaches – Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism:

De-Radicalization in Israel’s Prison System – Boaz Ganor and Ophir Falk, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism:

A Closer Look at Microinstability in Algeria – Marisa Urgo, Making Sense of Jihad:

Sunday January 20:

Authoritarian regimes against terrorism: lessons from China – Elena Pokalova, Critical Studies on Terrorism:

Primer on Jihadi Players in Algeria and Mali, Pt. 2: Belmokhtar and Those Who Sign with Blood – Andrew Lebovich, Jihadica:

A Closer Look at Microinstability in Algeria, Part 2 – Marisa Urgo, Making Sense of Jihad:

Early Perspectives on the Mali Crisis from a Jihadist Forum (II) – Kal, The Moor Next Door:

Monday January 21:

What’s Old is New Again: The Legacy of Algeria’s Civil War in Today’s Jihad – Andrew Lebovich, Jihadica:

Tuesday January 22:

Is Algeria’s kidnapper a ‘common criminal?’ Look again – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, The Globe and Mail:

Primer on Jihadi Players in Algeria and Mali, Pt. 3: MUJWA – Andrew Lebovich, Jihadica:

Syrian Islamic Front’s Order of Battle – Aaron Y. Zelin, al-Wasat:

Joining the Fray: Salafi Politics After the Arab Spring – Will McCants, World Poitics Review:

Wednesday January 23:

Primer on Jihadi Players in Algeria and Mali, Pt. 4 (Final): Ansar al-Din – Andrew Lebovich, Jihadica:

The Rise of Radical and Nonofficial Islamic Groups in Russia’s Volga Region – Sergey Markedonov, Center for Strategic and International Studies:

Thursday January 24:

Islamism and Education: The Nature and Aims of Islamic Schools in the Occupied Palestinian Territories – Jacob HØigilt, Middle East Critique:

Stealth Takfir: The Discreet Excommunication of Muhammad Morsi – Cole Bunzel, Jihadica:

Understanding the Strategic and Tactical Considerations of Drone Strikes – Joshua Foust, American Security Project: