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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

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

Sayed Khatab

American University in Cairo Press

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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