Articles of the Week – 4/28-5/18

Monday April 30:

Al Qaeda Is Doing Nation-Building. Should We Worry? -Will McCants, Foreign Policy:

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:

Tuesday May 1:

The Lesser of Two Evils: The Salafi Turn to Party Politics in Egypt  – Will McCants, Brookings Institution:

The Next Chapter of Global Jihad – Randall Blake, Brookings Institution:

Wednesday May 2: 

Egypt’s “blessed” Salafi votes Khalil al-Anani, Mideast Channel:

Libyan Islamists Unpacked: Rise, Transformation, and Future – Omar Ashour, Brookings Institution:

Jihadism on the Rise in Azerbaijan – Emil Souleimanov, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Analyst:

Xinjiang Insurgents and China-Pakistan Relations – Jacob Zenn, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute Analyst:

Thursday May 3:

Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined? – Combating Terrorism Center:

Purifying Kashmir: Saudi Arabia Exports Salafism to the War-Torn Region – Tariq Mir, Boston Review:

Mali: More on Law-and-Order Islamism – Alex Thurston, Sahel Blog:

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

The bin Laden Files – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Foreign Policy:

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

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

Friday May 4:

Bin Laden’s online legacy – Aaron Y. Zelin, The

Bin Laden Docs: A Note of Caution – Clint Watts, Selected Wisdom:

Al-Shabaab Split Threatens to Open New Conflict Between Somalia’s Islamists – Muhyadin Ahmed Roble, Terrorism Monitor:

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

Monday May 7:

Jihadists and bushfires: let’s not go nuts – Andrew Zammit:

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

Should Captured AQ Documents Have Been Released? – Steven R. Corman & Jarret Brachman: COMOPS Journal:

Assessing Interpretations of the New Bin Laden Documents – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Gunpowder and Lead:

Tuesday May 8: 

Ibrahim Asiri: A Unique bombmaker? – Gregory Johnsen, Waq al-Waq:

Thursday May 10:

Unanswered Questions – Gregory Johnsen, Waq al-Waq:

Facebook Fatwa: Saudi Clerics, Wahhabi Islam and Social Media – Jonathan Schanzer and Steven Miller, Foundation for Defense of Democracies:

Friday May 11:

Measuring Success – Gregory Johnsen, Waq al-Waq:

Sunday May 13:

Rolled Up in Azawad – Kal, The Moor Next Door:

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:

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:

Tuesday May 15:

Abu Mus’ab al Zarqawi under influence: one mentor? – Kévin Jackson, All Eyes on Jihad:

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:

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

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

Wednesday May 16:

Taking on the Persona of a Suicide Bomber:a Thought Experiment – Anne Speckhard, Beatrice Jacuch & Valentijn Vanrompay, Perspectives on Terrorism:

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

Riots, Ritual and Rage – ‘Salafists’ and PRO-NRW in Germany – Martijn de Koning, Closer:

Thursday May 17:

Jailhouse rock. Foreign Fighters. Somalia, Syria, Sahel. – Cross the Green Mountain:

Omar Hamammi’s Autobiography: Intellectual Influences – Jarret Brachman:

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

Friday May 18:

Borum’s “Radicalization into Violent Extremism I” – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Gunpowder and Lead:

Beyond moderation: dynamics of political Islam in Pakistan – Joshua T. White, Contemporary South Asia: