Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century. Marc Sageman. Copyright Date: Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press. Marc Sageman’s new book, Leaderless Jihad: Terror Networks in the Twenty- First Century, is one of those rare contributions. Sageman seeks to examine the. Sageman, Marc. Leaderless Jihad. Terror Networks in the Twenty-First Century. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS.

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Sageman is careful to note that this is not a linear process, nor is it a progression with easily definable boundaries. Lucy Mason; Sageman, Marc Leaderless Jihad offers a ray of hope. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. Don’t have an account? Perhaps more important, he identifies important policies that will no doubt do much to short-circuit the radicalization process: The last chapter focuses on a series of policy recommendations designed to combat terrorism.

Sageman is deservedly one of the best-known academics working on terrorism. Sageman’s data-driven approach is all too rare in a field dominated by informed when we’re fortunate opinion.

Leaderless Jihad

Related articles in Google Scholar. Building on his previous groundbreaking work on the Al Qaeda network, forensic psychiatrist Marc Sageman has greatly expanded his research to explain how Islamic terrorism emerges and operates in the twenty-first century.

Sageman uses this framework to contextualize the rise of so-called self-starters, the leaderless jihad. While including calls to prevent the acquisition of weapons of mass destruction by terrorist groups and action to eliminate terrorist networks, Sageman also calls for other policies, such as greater funding for serious scholarship on terrorism.

The outrage is acted on by a group, either online or offline. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination sagemman essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


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But Mr Jihda, a senior fellow at the Philadelphia-based Foreign Policy Research Institute, explodes each of these 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.

Marc Sagemana forensic psychiatrist, is a government counterterrorism consultant. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Sageman points out that A Mixed Effects Model Exploration. Individuals interpret this outrage through a specific ideology, more felt and understood than based on doctrine.

Coupled with the insights he brings to the analysis garnered through his personal experiences, this results in a very nuanced assessment.

Instead, he argues, the individual, outside influence, and group dynamics come together in a four-step process through which Muslim youth become radicalized. Who you know plays a large part in the collective recruitment process.

Leaderless Jihad

Sagemaj Networks in the Twenty-First Leaderlesx, is one of those rare contributions. Usually in a chat room or other Internet-based venues, adherents share this moral outrage, which resonates with the personal experiences of others. Sageman also demonstrates that psychological abnormality and prior criminality do not play a significant role in his sample. Title Page, Copyright Download Save. His work challenges the way we think about terrorism and and offers important insights about what should be done to prevent or contain such violence.

The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, “This book belongs at the top of the list for anyone seeking to understand the nature of radical Islamic terrorism, its future, and the effective ways that Western countries can counter its destructive appeal.


Search the full text of this book: In the post-September 11 world, Al Qaeda is no longer the central organizing jihxd that aids or authorizes terrorist szgeman or recruits terrorists. It stands what you think you know about terrorism on its head and helps you see the topic in a different light.

Introduction Understanding the Path to Radicalism pp. Another major contribution of Leaderless Jihad is the identification of a four-pronged radicalization process. The sagemn concludes with Sageman’s recommendations for the application of his research to counterterrorism law enforcement efforts.

As a fellow researcher, I would have liked to see more detail about the cases he tracks, especially as his data set represents a potentially invaluable resource for other academics.

Why are so many jihadis engineers? It is now more a source of inspiration for terrorist acts carried out by independent local groups that have branded ldaderless with the Al Qaeda name. Leaderless Jihad is a timely study that should be read by researchers, analysts and policy makers alike. For permissions please e-mail: Two The Globalization of Jihadi Terror pp.

To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Sign In or Create an Account. Individuals interpret this lederless through a specific ideology, more felt and understood than based on doctrine. 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.