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Decoding Al-Qaeda's Strategy: The Deep Battle Against America

Michael Ryan


This book provides an effective framework for analyzing al-Qaeda's plans against America and encourages strategists and researchers to devote greater attention to jihadi ideas rather than jihadist military operations. It constructs a counter narrative to the West's supposed “war on Islam,” finding that jihadist terrorism strategy has more in common with the principles of Maoist guerrilla warfare than mainstream Islam. The book examines the Salafist roots of al-Qaeda ideology and the contributions of its most famous founders, Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. It also looks at the Arabic-la ... More

Keywords: al-Qaeda, military strategy, Maoist guerrilla warfare, Osama Bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, fourth-generation warfare, Muslim, jihad

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231163842
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231163842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Ryan, author