Jihadology

Jihadology.net is an academic website that is a clearinghouse for Sunni jihadi primary source material, original analysis, and Phillip Smyth’s influential Shia militancy column Hizballah Cavalcade, as well as a translation service. Jihadology is a personal project of Aaron Y. Zelin.

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Jihadology Podcast: Nashids: History and Cultural Meaning

Behnam Said comes on the show to talk about nasheeds. Some of the topics covered include:

The role of music in Islam and how it relates to nasheeds A modern history of the use of nasheeds Differences between Sufi, mainstream Islamist, and jihadi nasheeds Different themes used in these nasheeds Why there has been such an explosion in new nasheeds and media outlets from IS and AQAP recently

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Jihadology Podcast: al-Qaeda's Franchising Strategy

Barak Mendelsohn comes on the show to discuss his new book, The al-Qaeda Franchise: The Expansion of al-Qaeda and Its Consequences. Some of the topics covered include:

How organizations expand Why AQ decided to branch out and the strategy behind that decision AQ’s choices on where to expand Case studies on AQ’s different branches

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Jihadology Podcast: The Malian Jihadi Landscape

Andrew Lebovich comes on the show to discuss the various jihadi groups that have been active in Mali over the past few years. Some of the topics covered include:

The political process in Mali after the French intervention Why there has been a rise in violence recently Why IS has not been able to penetrate Mali like many of the other jihadi zones Where things might be going from here

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Jihadology Podcast: A History of Lebanese Sunni Jihadism

Bernard Rougier comes on the show to discuss Lebanese Sunni jihadism. Some of the topics covered include:

How Lebanese first got involved in jihadism in Afghanistan in the 1980s How the Lebanese scene became connected to the European and Australian jihadi network The role the Iraq war played in the mobilization and recruitment of a new generation Background on Fatah al-Islam The role Lebanese Sunni jihadis have played in the Syrian war and spillover attacks back home

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Jihadology Podcast: Reality of The Islamic State's Finances and Economy

Aymenn al-Tamimi comes on the show for an in-depth discussion of the Islamic State’s finances and economic situation. Some of the topics covered include:

IS funding prior to 2013 How IS funding compares to AQ Current funding streams, particularly those that are less well known Evolution of IS’ economy in the past year and a half Potential for IS to export its economic model to its provinces outside Iraq and Syria Sustainability of IS finances and its near to medium-term trajectory

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Jihadology Podcast: Americans in the Islamic State

Lorenzo Vidino and Seamus Hughes come on the show to talk about their new report ISIS in America: From Retweets to Raqqa. Some of the topics covered include:

Background on the American jihadi scene The demographics of Americans who’ve traveled to join the Islamic State The three roles American Islamic State supporters play on social media

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Jihadology Podcast: The History, Legacy, and Relevance of Algerian Jihadism Today

Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck comes on the show to talk about jihadism in Algeria. Some of the topics covered include:

Background and history of jihadism in Algeria The growth of GIA networks in Europe and its legacy Why there haven’t been many Algerian foreign fighters in Syria Similarities and differences between the GIA and the Islamic State The current status of jihadism in Algeria and Algerian jihadists abroad
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Jihadology Podcast: Emergency Pod: Background on The Paris Attacks

In light of the recent attacks in Paris, Timothy Holman comes on the show to discuss the history of French and Belgian jihadi networks. Some of the topics covered include:

How those networks have been repurposed over time depending on changing political contexts and external conflicts The legacy of these networks after the Iraq war How the latest attacks in Paris fit into a pattern of plots and attacks in France since 2012

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