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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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Inside al-Qaʻida: The Ideological War

Inside al-Qaʻida: The Ideological War

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(p.209) 7 Inside al-Qaʻida: The Ideological War
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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/9789774164996.003.0008

This chapter investigates the ongoing ideological war within al-Qa'ida. It focuses on the theo-political and ideological disputes between the main ideologues of global jihad, and looks, among other examples, at the dispute between Dr. Fadl and Ayman al-Zawahiri. This final chapter is intended to bring the ideas of these two jihadist rivals face to face in an attempt to address a number of questions, for example: When, how, and why was the Jihad organization established in Egypt? When and how did it come into contact with al-Qa'ida? When and why did Jihad leave Egypt for Afghanistan? What were they doing there? What was their relationship with 'Abdullah 'Azzam, Bin Laden, and al-Qa'ida?

Keywords:   Ayman al-Zawahiri, Dr. Fadl, al-Sharif, 'Abdullah 'Azzam, Bin Laden, al-Qa'ida, ideological war, jihad, Afghanistan

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