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Understanding Islamic Fundamentalism: The Theological and Ideological Basis of al-Qa'ida's Political Tactics

Sayed Khatab


Beginning with an examination of medieval Islamic fundamentalist movements such as Kharjism, Ibadism, Hanbalism, and Wahhabism, this book looks at the similarities and differences between them and present organizations such as al-Qa'ida. It may be surprising that many of the radical narratives embraced by modern groups have not emerged recently. Identifying these roots can lead to a better understanding of al-Qa'ida's theological and intellectual narratives, and how they effectively indoctrinate youths and attract many of them to violent acts of terrorism. The book then focuses on al-Qa'ida's ... More

Keywords: Islamic fundamentalism, Qa'ida, political Islamic thought, Kharjism, Ibadism, Hanbalism, Wahhabism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9789774164996
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774164996.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sayed Khatab, author
School of Political and Social Inquiry and Global Terrorism Research Centre, Monash University, Australia