Jihadology Podcast: Islamist Militancy in Bangladesh: Then & Now

C. Christine Fair comes on the show to talk about Islamism in Bangladesh. Some of the topics covered include:

  • History of Islamism in Bangladesh and its intersection with mainstream politics
  • The role of Bangladeshi Islamists with Rohingya refugees
  • History of al-Qaeda’s involvement in Bangladesh and its newest enterprise through Ansar al-Islam
  • What we know about recent Islamic State attacks in Bangladesh

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This episode also features an updated #SocialMedia segment, covering postings from November 2-10.
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Jihadology Podcast: The State of Jihadism in Somalia: al-Shabab and IS

Harun Maruf comes on the show to discuss jihadism in Somalia. Some of the topics covered include:

  • What al-Shabab has been up to since the Westgate Mall attack in Kenya
  • Background on al-Shabab’s leader Ahmad Umar and how he compares with its former leader Ahmed Abdi Godane
  • The state of foreign fighters in Somalia
  • The status of The Islamic State’s efforts in Somalia

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This episode also has a new #SocialMedia segment covering postings from October 24-November 1.
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Jihadology Podcast: Jihadism in the Land of the Pharaohs

Mokhtar Awad comes on the show to discuss jihadism in Egypt. Some of the topics covered include:

  • The development of jihadism in the Sinai prior to the Egyptian uprising in January 2011
  • What jihadi individuals and movements were doing between the 2011 uprising and the coup in July 2013
  • A deep dive on Jama’at Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM)
  • How ABM has changed since it became Wilayat Sinai of the Islamic State
  • The role of IS’ provinces in Libya in the Western Desert of Egypt
  • Background on the ABM splinter faction al-Murabitun that is pro-AQ and led by Hisham Ashmawy that pledged baya to Ayman al-Zawahiri

This episode also features a Primary Sources segment covering releases from September 20th to October 14th, and a #SocialMedia segment covering postings from October 14th to 23rd.
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Jihadology Podcast: Jihadi Governance 101

Will McCants comes on the show to talk about jihadi governance. The conversation is based on a chapter in his new book The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State. Aaron and Will discussed numerous cases of jihadi groups attempts to govern, including the Islamic State of Iraq, al-Shabab, AQAP, AQIM, Jabhat al-Nusra, and the Islamic State.
This episode also features a Primary Sources segment covering releases from August 14-September 19 and a #SocialMedia segment on postings from October 7-13.
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Jihadology Podcast: The Khurasan Group: Myth and Reality

Thomas Joscelyn comes on the show to talk about the so-called “Khurasan group.” Some of the topics covered include:

  • Why the group came into being and when its members arrived in Syria
  • Who are the key players and what are their backgrounds
  • What they’ve been up to in Syria and how they relate to Jabhat al-Nusra
  • What this group of individuals can tell us about al-Qaeda’s strategy

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Jihadology Podcast: Don't Call It a Comeback, AQAP's Been Here for Years

Katherine Zimmerman comes on the show to talk AQAP. Some of the topics covered include:

  • AQAP since the death of Awlaqi and their withdrawal from territory in southern Yemen in 2012
  • The effect of the rise of the Huthis and how the Saudi/Emirati war in Yemen has affected AQAP
  • AQAP’s local outreach and how it compares to what it tried from 2011-2012
  • How drone attacks on AQAP leadership have affected the group
  • The Islamic State’s activities in Yemen and what they mean for AQAP

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Jihadology Podcast: Saddam's Regime: From Ba'athism to Salafism

Kyle Orton comes on the show to discuss Islam in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Saddam’s Islamist foreign policy reorientation in the 1980’s
  • The Faith Campaign after the Gulf War
  • Salafism in Iraq in the 1990’s and its impact on security
  • The rise of sectarianism in Iraq

This episode also features a #SocialMedia segment covering jihadi social media postings from September 1st-16th.
Recent articles by Kyle that are relevant to the discussion:

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Jihadology Podcast: Turkish Jihadism at Home and in Syria with North Caucasus Caucus

North Caucasus Caucus comes on the show to talk about his recent research trip to Turkey. He and Aaron discussed the evolution of Turkish governmental policy towards jihadis, Turks’ role in jihadi groups and IS in Syria and Turkey, Turkey’s arrest campaign against Jabhat al-Nusra and IS, and more.
This episode also features a #SocialMedia segment covering jihadi social media posts from August 17th to August 31st.
We’re working on a special series on the state of Jihadi Studies, and we need some help from listeners. We’ve conducted interviews with many of the top scholars in the field, and we need some people to volunteer to help transcribe the interviews. If you’re interested in helping please email [email protected] Thanks!
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Jihadology Podcast: Palestinians and Global Jihad with Samar Batrawi

This episode features an interview with Samar Batrawi on Palestinians and the global jihadi movement. Some of the topics Aaron and Samar discussed include:

  • Tensions, or lack thereof, between Palestinian nationalism and global jihadi ideology
  • Background and history of Palestinian jihadism
  • Palestinians and the Islamic State
  • What the global jihadi movement means for local Palestinian politics

This episode also features a discussion of jihadi primary sources, covering releases from July 28th to August 13th, and a #SocialMedia segment on jihadi social media from August 9th to August 15th.
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Jihadology Podcast: IS and Attacks in the West with Thomas Hegghammer

Thomas Hegghammer talks to Aaron about his new paper, “Assessing the Islamic State’s Commitment to Attacking the West,” in Perspectives on Terrorism, co-authored with Petter Nesser. This episode also features our #SocialMedia segment, covering posts from August 3rd to August 9th.
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