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Michael Ryan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163842

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163842.001.0001

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The Jihadist legacy of Abu Mus‘ab al-Suri

The Jihadist legacy of Abu Mus‘ab al-Suri

(p.193) Five The Jihadist legacy of Abu Mus‘ab al-Suri
Decoding Al-Qaeda's Strategy

Michael W. S. Ryan

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines Abu Mus'ab al-Suri's work, The Call to Global Islamic Resistance. The book discusses the history of jihadist movements and the lessons that could be learned from earlier regional jihads in Syria and Algeria. Al-Suri emphasizes that revolutionaries need to operate within the target country and rely on themselves, and that they must have a detailed plan that benefits from both the study of the target country and the lessons learned from other Muslim and non-Muslim guerrilla wars. He adds that jihadists must be close to the people and unite them under a well-conceived ideology and political concept; thus, both the topography and demography of the targeted country must be studied.

Keywords:   Abu Mus'ab al-Suri, Islamic resistance, jihad, Syria, Algeria, guerrilla wars

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