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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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Murtaza
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
Todd
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
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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
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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.
Julian
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5*
Tom Solstad
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Heavy read, great research.
Toha Toriq
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
একটা মানুষের জীবনি এবং তার পটভূমিতে রাজনৈতিক বিশ্লেষনও যে থ্রিলারের মত দ্রুত পড়ে ফেলা যায়- এই বইটা না পড়া হলে বুঝতে পারতাম না।
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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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