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The Caravan: Abdallah Azzam and the Rise of Global Jihad

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Abdallah Azzam, the Palestinian cleric who led the mobilization of Arab fighters to Afghanistan in the 1980s, played a crucial role in the internationalization of the jihadi movement. Killed in mysterious circumstances in 1989 in Peshawar, Pakistan, he remains one of the most influential jihadi ideologues of all time. Here, in the first in-depth biography of Azzam, Thomas ...more
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Published March 5th 2020 by Cambridge University Press
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Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The "Arab Afghan" movement that Abdallah Azzam helped create during the 1980s grew from humble origins into something that shook the foundations of the world order. This book is a very meticulous reconstruction of his life and work. Azzam was a charismatic and scholarly radical Islamic intellectual. He wrote many books and gave lectures around the world, including in the United States. But unlike many others today who merely talk, he was also a fighter who risked his life on battlefronts several ...more
ahmad  afridi

I read this book right after Sayyid Qutb and the Origins of Radical Islamism, where closing chapter mentioned influence of Qutbs teaching on Arab-Afghan Militants after soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan and formation of Al-Qaeda (AQ). There was a missing link in how Qutubism , the violent Muslim Brotherhood faction, whose goals were toppling national governments, went global in the form of AQ and start fighting wars of liberation. This missing link was Abdullah Azzam who then influenced islamis

كتاب مهم عن شخصية مهمة في تاريخ الحركة الإسلامية المعاصرة، إنه عبدالله عزام الذي ولد سنة 1941 في فلسطين، وتخرج سنة 1966 من جامعة دمشق، وحصل على الدكتوراه في الشريعة سنة 1971 من القاهرة، ودرَّس سنة 1973 في الجامعة الأردنية، وهاجر سنة 1980 إلى السعودية، ثم هاجر إلى باكستان / إسلام أباد سنة 1981 وأقام فيها حتى 1986 ثم انتقل إلى بيشاور التي كانت آخر محطاته والتي أغتيل فيها ظهر يوم الجمعة 24 نوفمبر 1989.
ارتبط اسم عبدالله عزام بالجهاد ضد الاحتلال السوفيتي في أفغانستان، وبسبب هذا الحدث ذاع صيته
May 26, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كان الهدف من قراءة هذا الكتاب كشف لغز اغتيال عبدالله عزام و لكن للاسف خاب أملي مع الاعتذار للمؤلف الذي بذل جهداً مظنياً في استقصاء و تحليل سيرة أشهر قادة الأفغان العرب

ستجد في الكتاب معلومات مكثفة و تحليلاً رصينا لمراحل حياته و موضوع اغتياله كان فوق قدرة الباحث لغياب الكثير من تفاصيل عملية الاغتيال عمداً من الجهات المخابراتية !

للمؤلف كتاب آخر رائع عن العمليات الارهابية في السعودية اسمه " الجهاد في السعودية " و هو من الباحثين المميزين في تتبع و تحليل أفكار و عمليات تنظيم القاعدة

أشكر المترجم عبي
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
In 2013 two young Somali-Norwegian Muslim sisters made the fateful decision to run away from their Oslo home to join the Islamic State group in Syria. After doing so, they sent their distraught dad a copy of one of Abdallah Azzam's religious tracts as a justification for their actions.

Through his copious published writings and disseminated recorded lectures, the two teenage girls are by no means the only ones who have come to find radicalization, at least in some measure, from the Palestinian Is
Øystein Brekke
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I imagine many readers of this book will already know quite a lot about the subject. I, however - although I had heard the names Qutb and al-Banna, Hekmatyar and Haqqani, and knew a little about Afghan history - had never actually heard of Abdallah Azzam before. So, some thoughts from what I imagine might be an atypical reader:

Well, I enjoyed the book very much! Although most definitely an academic book, Hegghammer writes in a way that works also for those who were relatively blank about the sub
Asim Qureshi
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Probably a 3.5* really, but they don’t give that option.

An excellent historical account with a great deal of detail that was painstakingly put together. Despite this being an absolute beast in its size, Hegghammer’s narrative is very easy to read and keeps you interested throughout, not something you usually expect of an academic.

Where the book falls down though is in the social science that Hegghammer presents. He takes a narrow period of history and extrapolates large conclusions from it, oft
Julia Simpson-Urrutia
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book struck me as an authentic and well-written version of Abdullah Azzam's life. Readers will get an up-close feeling for what it was like to live among a conquered and oppressed people. Those who object to Arabic names should read Dr. Seuss. ...more
Phil Halton
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
There has been a lot written in the last twenty years about “global jihad,” although finding good analysis rather than rhetoric can be hard. Thomas Hegghammer does a great service with his latest book, “The Caravan,” which sheds light on a previously dim corner of the subject.

Part of the issue with the general Western understanding of political Islam and Islamic extremism is that there is a major disconnect between the material written (and being written) about it in Arabic and that available in
Umar Lee
Mar 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This is a well-researched book and I learned a lot. My introduction to Abdullah Azzam was from hearing about him from brothers who'd been around in the 80's and this includes a few who served in the Afghan Campaign. As this was before my time, and things were rapidly changing due to the internet, Azzam wasn't a major figure for me. Although, in an era in the early 90's when not everyone was still online, I remember watching a VHS copy of the interview of Tamim al Adnani at a friend's house in St ...more
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Tom Solstad
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Heavy read, great research.
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একটা মানুষের জীবনি এবং তার পটভূমিতে রাজনৈতিক বিশ্লেষনও যে থ্রিলারের মত দ্রুত পড়ে ফেলা যায়- এই বইটা না পড়া হলে বুঝতে পারতাম না।
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book!
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Thomas Hegghammer is a Norwegian academic who has studied jihadism since before 9/11. He is senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and adjuct professor of political science at the University of Oslo. His latest book is The Caravan: Abdallah Azzam and the Rise of Global Jihad.

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