A lecture by David Dean Commins, Dickinson College, delivered at the conference/workshop on Jihadi Islam held at the UCLA Faculty Center on Tuesday, November 13, 2007.
The conference/workshop on Jihadi Islam was organized by Professor James Gelvin, UCLA, and brought together leading scholars to take stock of the various approaches applied to the study of jihadism and jihadi movements, discuss the assumptions and methodological problems encountered by researchers, and propose alternative approaches to the study of these phenomena that conform to more broadly applicable historical and social science practice. Participants addressed three problems in particular: typologizing jihadi movements, historicizing their emergence, and tracing their genealogies.
David Dean Commins, Professor of History, holds the Benjamin Rush Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences at Dickinson College. His most recent book is The Wahhabi Mission and Saudi Arabia. His current research focuses on early relations between Wahhabism, Islamic revivalism, and jihad.
To hear other podcasts from this conference/workshop or read the paper presented, please click on the title:
Jihad in Modern Shi'a Thought (podcast)
Rola El-Husseini, Texas A&M University
Al-Qaeda and Anarchism: A Historian’s Reply to Terrorology (podcast)
James L. Gelvin, University of California, Los Angeles
Osama bin Laden as Media Star: The Making of an Information Age Anti-Hero (pdf of paper presented)
Bruce Lawrence, Duke University