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Understanding Islamic FundamentalismThe Theological and Ideological Basis of al-Qa'ida's Political Tactics$
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Sayed Khatab

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9789774164996

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774164996.001.0001

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From Fundamentalism to Neo-jihadism

From Fundamentalism to Neo-jihadism

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(p.77) 3 From Fundamentalism to Neo-jihadism
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Understanding Islamic Fundamentalism
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Sayed Khatab

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774164996.003.0004

This chapter explores the connections between medieval and modern movements in greater detail. It investigates the transformation from medieval fundamentalism to the recent neo-jihadist ideology adopted by al-Qa'ida and similar jihadist networks. Apart from defining the concept of neo-jihadism, and its source in the literature of al-Qa'ida, the analysis focuses on the process of the transition from fundamentalism to neo-jihadism, including the factors involved, the roots of al-Qa'ida in these processes, these networks' main theological and intellectual inspirations, and their scholarly sources of information.

Keywords:   al-Qa'ida, neo-jihadism, Islamic fundamentalism

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