Al-Qaeda and Anarchism: A Historian's Reply to Terrorology

A lecture by James Gelvin, UCLA, delivered at the conference/workshop on Jihadi Islam held at the UCLA Faculty Center on Tuesday, November 13, 2007.

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Duration: 40:48

The conference/workshop on Jihadi Islam was organized by James Gelvin, 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.

James Gelvin is Professor of History at UCLA.  His research interests include the social and cultural history of the modern Middle East, and his recent books include Israel Palestine Conflict: One Hundred Years of War and The Modern Middle East: A History.


To hear other podcasts from this conference/workshop or read the paper presented, please click on the title:

The Wahhabi Factor in Jihadi Islam (podcast)
David Dean Commins, Dickinson College

Jihad in Modern Shi'a Thought (podcast)
Rola El-Husseini, Texas A&M University

Osama bin Laden as Media Star: The Making of an Information Age Anti-Hero (pdf of paper presented)
Bruce Lawrence, Duke University