A Genealogy of Radical Islam

  title={A Genealogy of Radical Islam},
  author={Quintan Wiktorowicz},
  journal={Studies in Conflict & Terrorism},
  pages={75 - 97}
  • Quintan Wiktorowicz
  • Published 2005
  • Psychology
  • Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
  • A genealogy of the radical ideas that underline al-Qaeda"s justification for violence shows that the development of jihadi thought over the past several decades is characterized by the erosion of critical constraints used to limit warfare and violence in classical Islam. This erosion is illustrated by the evolution of jihadi arguments related to apostasy and waging jihad at home, global jihad, civilian targeting, and suicide bombings. 


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