Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century; By Marc Sageman; ; Book; Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press; View | Save. Sageman, Marc. Leaderless Jihad. Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS. In the post-September 11 world, Al Qaeda is no longer thecentral organizing force that aids or authorizes terrorist attacksor recruits terrorists. It is now mor.

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Five The Atlantic Divide pp. Instead, he argues, the individual, outside influence, and group dynamics come together in a four-step process through which Muslim youth become radicalized.

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Why are so many jihadis engineers? The outrage is acted on by a group, either online or offline. But Mr Sageman, a senior fellow at the Philadelphia-based Foreign Policy Research Institute, explodes each of leaderless myths, and others besides, in an unsettling account of how Al Qaeda has evolved from the organisation headed by Osama bin Laden into an amorphous movement—a ‘leaderless jihad.

Sageman, whom I know professionally, updates and expands his earlier work on what drives radical elements of a society to terrorism. A Mixed Effects Model Exploration. To counter the social movement inspired by al Qaeda, Dr. Perhaps more important, he identifies important policies that will no doubt do much to short-circuit the radicalization process: Oxford Jiihad Press is a department of the University of Oxford.


Drawing on historical analogies, Sageman argues that the zeal of jihadism is self-terminating; eventually its followers will turn away from violence as a means of expressing their discontent. Six Terrorism in the Age of the Internet pp. Four Radicalization in the Diaspora pp. Building on his previous groundbreaking work on the Al Qaeda network, forensic psychiatrist Marc Sageman has greatly expanded his research leaderlesa explain how Islamic terrorism emerges and operates in the twenty-first century.

It is now more a source of inspiration for terrorist acts leaderlses out by independent local groups that have branded themselves with the Al Qaeda name. Usually in a chat room or other Internet-based venues, adherents share this moral leaderpess, which resonates with the personal experiences of others.

Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. The outrage is acted on by a group, either online or offline.

For permissions please e-mail: Contact Contact Us Help. Careful analysis and well-articulated research is rare amid the onslaught leadfrless recent books devoted to terrorism and violent Islamist extremism.

If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Leaderless Jihad is a timely study that should be read by researchers, analysts and policy makers alike.

To be fair, Sageman does not dismiss ideology; rather Leaderless Jihad focuses on understanding the bottom-up social mobilization that has become increasingly more common today. Assessing the Effectiveness of Pre-employment Polygraph Screening. Project Leadsrless Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


In the post-September 11 world, Al Qaeda is no longer the central organizing force that aids or authorizes terrorist attacks or recruits terrorists.

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L eaderless J ihad: Sign In or Create an Account. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Click here for reprint permission. Who you know plays a large leaedrless in the collective recruitment process.

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Sageman, the al Qaeda-led Islamist social leadedless consists of several thousand members out of a worldwide Muslim population of some 1. Radical Muslims represent a minority within the Muslim world.

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In Leaderless JihadSageman rejects the views that place responsibility for terrorism on society or a flawed, predisposed individual. Moreover, there is a growing body of specialists who focus on the application of social movement studies to extremist Islamism.

Finally, how can violent radicalism be countered and defeated?