• Sociology
  • Published 2013

Taking the Place of Martyrs: Afghans and Arabs Under the Banner of Islam

@inproceedings{Li2013TakingTP,
  title={Taking the Place of Martyrs: Afghans and Arabs Under the Banner of Islam},
  author={Darryl Li},
  year={2013}
}
This article examines how so-called “Afghan Arabs” – Islamist activists drawn to war-torn Afghanistan in recent decades – reconciled their pan-Islamist commitments with the experience of doctrinal and cultural difference vis-a-vis Afghans. Previous approaches to transnational Islamist activism have tended to either uncritically assume a monolithic Muslim identity or posit a rigid dichotomy between fanatic “foreign fighters” and the relatively moderate “local Muslims” who they putatively seek to… CONTINUE READING