The Global Jihadi Threat: The Development of Islamic Extremism: From Ibn Abd al-Wahhab to Bin Laden

Nadav Morag

Module 4.  Dr. Nadav Morag focuses on the development of Islamic extremism as well as the approaches of various Muslim radicals in this fourth analysis of the Global Jihadi threat. Calling on the importance of honor innate to Islamic societies, Morag illustrates the Fundamentalist movement that has inspired extremism in recent years. The Fundamentalist’s position is that true, authentic Islam has been corrupted through the introduction of new ideas and practices. Morag also offers a close examination of the Wahhabist perspective within Fundamentalism, which emphasizes complete submission to God and the Quran. Several extremists are then introduced, including Sayyid Qutb, who endorses a violent Jihad and philosophy of divine sovereignty. We are then familiarized with Abdullah Azzam, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Osama bin Laden, followed by the introduction of terrorist group Al Queda.

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