Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century

Leaderless Jihad Terror Networks in the Twenty First Century In the post September world Al Qaeda is no longer the central organizing force that aids or authorizes terrorist attacks or recruits terrorists It is now a source of inspiration for terrorist acts

  • Title: Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century
  • Author: Marc Sageman
  • ISBN: 9780812240658
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the post September 11 world, Al Qaeda is no longer the central organizing force that aids or authorizes terrorist attacks or recruits terrorists It is now a source of inspiration for terrorist acts carried out by independent local groups that have branded themselves with the Al Qaeda name Building on his previous groundbreaking work on the Al Qaeda network, forenIn the post September 11 world, Al Qaeda is no longer the central organizing force that aids or authorizes terrorist attacks or recruits terrorists It is now a source of inspiration for terrorist acts carried out by independent local groups that have branded themselves with the Al Qaeda name Building on his previous groundbreaking work on the Al Qaeda network, forensic psychiatrist Marc Sageman has greatly expanded his research to explain how Islamic terrorism emerges and operates in the twenty first century.In Leaderless Jihad, Sageman rejects the views that place responsibility for terrorism on society or a flawed, predisposed individual Instead, he argues, the individual, outside influence, and group dynamics come together in a four step process through which Muslim youth become radicalized First, traumatic events either experienced personally or learned about indirectly spark moral outrage Individuals interpret this outrage through a specific ideology, felt and understood than based on doctrine Usually in a chat room or other Internet based venues, adherents share this moral outrage, which resonates with the personal experiences of others The outrage is acted on by a group, either online or offline.Leaderless Jihad offers a ray of hope Drawing on historical analogies, Sageman argues that the zeal of jihadism is self terminating eventually its followers will turn away from violence as a means of expressing their discontent The book concludes with Sageman s recommendations for the application of his research to counterterrorism law enforcement efforts.

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    1. I read if for a chapter on my forthcoming book Lovescape. Nice book that give me lots of information regarding the various manifestations of Jihad. how jihad occurs and what are its linkages and how it operates in a the twenty first century particularly in an age where networks are more important for any activity, this book is a good read. yo ucan see how terror operates in techno rich networked world here in this book. my chapter love jihad immensely benefited from it.

    2. While insightful, this book is a little disorganized, so it is difficult to extract the nuggets it contains. Sageman is a much better public speaker. Having heard him speak before was very helpful.Rapoport's four waves of terrorism (32):AnarchismAnticolonialismLeft wing radicalismReligiousReligous terrorism can also be divided into three waves:First wave - upper/middle class, fought Soviets in Afghanistan, older, often criminal records for political activity (48-9,62)Second wave - inspired by fi [...]

    3. MAJOR DISCLAIMER: I'm the publicist for this book and while I've never used GoodReads as a marketing venue, I wanted to bring this particular book to your attention. It's very politically provocative and has been getting a lot of recent media attention (see David Ignatius's op-ed in yesterday's Washington Post, followed by James Fallows' and Andrew Sullivan's responses at TheAtlantic). Not bad for a university press book. Sageman's thesis is that Al-Qaeda is no longer the unifying force it once [...]

    4. Interesting book, important contribution towards terrorism studies and definitely worth a read. Only three stars because Sageman does a couple things here that irritate me. In his defense, I'm easily irritable :)1) Sageman begins the book with a discussion about how we rely on anecdotes and focus on the individual to explain the root causes of terrorism. He and I both believe that this is misguided. Sageman favors a more scientific approach to the study of terror networks. He then goes on to pro [...]

    5. Read this for a counter-terrorism class. Sageman's updated "terror network" is relevant to the new trends in radicalisation.

    6. As someone who isn't in the field of psychology or anti-terrorism, this was an interesting read. The author does a good job of breaking down the different waves of modern Islamic terrorism, and highlighting what does and does not drive some people to terrorism but not others. However, the book falls apart about halfway through. The premise still stands throughout, but the reasoning is jumbled and all over the place as the book goes on. By the time you get to the conclusion it's like reading a st [...]

    7. There is quite a lot I do not agree with. The description of how Europe's social infrastructure leads to the indirect funding of terrorism (through financial resources from welfare and time that people have on their hands because they - as the author describes - do not need to work for a living like in the US) does not at all make sense to me. In my opinion the author glorifies the US political system and presents European countries in a light that does not reflect my own experiences. There are [...]

    8. A must-read book for anyone who is interested in the evolution of terrorism. The author studied every western terrorism event since the first world trade center bombing. He also delved deeply into the background of each terrorist arrested for these events. He dispels the common myths that terrorists are poor (most are middle class), religiously brainwashed (most lack even a fundamental understanding of their own religion and 2/3 are secular), doing it for sex and the 72 virgins (most are married [...]

    9. Provides valuable insight into self-radicalization. Critics say it is weak on terrorist organization and recruitment power.Bruce Hoffman offers the counter view - that terrorism is alive and well, organized, and well-financed.Our policy probably needs to be based on a combination of both the Sageman and Hoffman.Sageman's book, however, will help interpret what you hear/see on the nightly news, or read in what's left of print journalism -- most of which is wrong.I am considering dealing with this [...]

    10. This book follows up on Sageman's earlier work on modern-day terrorism. It begins with the author's methodology and his defense of that methodology. It then briefly covers the material the author discussed in his earlier work. Then, it moves on to the central thesis of the book, namely, that jihadist organizations are currently decentralized groups of cells that are not tied together by any overarching leadership structure. Sageman believes the internet is now being used to both radicalize young [...]

    11. The basic argument of this book is that al-Qaeda is both a social network and an actual organization, however the organization (what he calls 'al-Qaeda central') has limited ability to assert control over the broader movement. As a result of this, al-Qaeda is now a 'leaderless jihad' in that small groups and cells form around the world and pursue al-Qaeda Central's aims and ideology, however do not have any real connection to the centre, while the centre is highly limited in its ability to asser [...]

    12. Again, read this for a class on understanding and disrupting terrorist cells. Sageman is probably the best counter-terrorism analyst out there right now. He brings to light the current state of jihadist groups like Al Qaeda, their socioeconomic background, their psychological state, etc. through a three-level analytical framework geared at determining reasons for radicalization at a micro, macro, and mid-level range. We see here how essential the group dynamic really is in radicalization.

    13. GoodThis is one of the few books to approach terrorism from a social science point of view, and I appreciate that. Unfortunately, many of his recommendations have no chance of being implemented in the real world.

    14. Full of information. Easy to read. I strongly recommend this book for those who are interested in terrorism topic.

    15. Interesting perspective on terrorism, although it contains far too many gross generalizations for my taste.

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