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Al Qaeda in Its Own Words

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$23.50 • £18.95 • €21.00

ISBN 9780674034747

Publication Date: 03/30/2010

Academic Trade

384 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

Belknap Press


  • Contributors
  • Note on the Translation
  • General Introduction: Al Qaeda, the Essentials [Gilles Kepel]
  • I. Osama Bin Laden
    • Introduction: Osama Bin Laden, the Iconic Orator [Omar Saghi]
    • The Companions’ Den (Excerpts)
    • Declaration of Jihad against the Americans Occupying the Land of the Two Holy Sanctuaries (Excerpts)
    • Interview with CNN (Excerpts)
    • World Islamic Front Statement Urging Jihad against Jews and Crusaders
    • Interview with Al-Jazeera (Excerpts)
    • Tactical Recommendations (Excerpts)
    • Second Letter to the Muslims of Iraq
    • Message to the American People
  • II. Abdallah Azzam
    • Introduction: Abdallah Azzam, the Imam of Jihad [Thomas Hegghammer]
    • The Defense of Muslim Territories Constitutes the First Individual Duty (Excerpts)
    • Join the Caravan (Excerpts)
    • Morals and Jurisprudence of Jihad (Excerpts)
    • To the Young Muslims of the United States (Excerpts)
    • The Solid Base (Excerpts)
  • III. Ayman al-Zawahiri
    • Introduction: Ayman al-Zawahiri, Veteran of Jihad [Stéphane Lacroix]
    • Bitter Harvest: Sixty Years of the Muslim Brotherhood (Excerpts)
    • Advice to the Community to Reject the Fatwa of Sheikh Bin Baz Authorizing Parliamentary Representation (Excerpts)
    • Knights under the Prophet’s Banner (Excerpts)
    • Loyalty and Separation: Changing an Article of Faith and Losing Sight of Reality (Excerpts)
  • IV. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi
    • Introduction: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Jihad in “Mesopotamia” [Jean-Pierre Milelli]
    • Letter to Bin Laden and Zawahiri (Excerpts)
  • Annotation
    • Notes to Part I: Osama Bin Laden [Omar Saghi]
    • Notes to Part II: Abdallah Azzam [Thomas Hegghammer]
    • Notes to Part III: Ayman al-Zawahiri [Stéphane Lacroix]
    • Notes to Part IV: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi [Jean-Pierre Milelli]
  • Index

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