Jihadism transformed: Al-Qaeda and Islamic state’s global battle of ideas
Jihadism transformed: Al-Qaeda and Islamic state’s global battle of ideas. Edited by Simon Staffell and Akil Awan, United Kingdom: C. Hurst & Co. 2016, Pp. 273, ISBN: 978-1-84904-647-3.
Reviewer: Abdul Rashid Moten, Centre for Islamisation of Knowledge, International Islamic University Malaysia. E-mail: email@example.com Jihadism Transformed, edited by Simon Staffell, a diplomat, and an expert on extremist ideologies, and Akil Awan, an Associate Professor at the University of London, is a collection of essays by a group of eleven scholars who analyze the global competition between Al-Qaedah and the Islamic State in some areas of the world. This book is the product of a gathering of experts convened by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 12 December 2014 to assess how jihadist narratives had evolved in recent years, in the context of turbulent events in the Middle East. This book helps understand ISIS from the perspective of its regional affiliates. It is composed of eleven chapters of varying quality, mostly focusing on al-Qaeda and the Islamic state with the exception of Chapter 10 by Christopher Anzalone that analyses how Shiite militants have confronted the perceived Sunni jihadist threat. The authors explain emergence and development of the Islamic groups and the strategies they used to recruit members from the Muslim world especially in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Nigeria as well as the West.