Book Launch: “The Caravan: Abdallah Azzam and the Rise of Global Jihad” by Thomas Heggammer

April 3, 2020 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 212
1957 E Street NW

POMEPS is proud to present the book launch of Thomas Heggammer’s new book, The Caravan: Abdallah Azzam and the Rise of Global Jihad (Cambridge University Press, February 2020) on April 3, 2020 at 12PM at the Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 212.

Abdallah Azzam, the Palestinian cleric who led the mobilization of Arab fighters to Afghanistan in the 1980s, played a crucial role in the internationalization of the jihadi movement. Killed in mysterious circumstances in 1989 in Peshawar, Pakistan, he remains one of the most influential jihadi ideologues of all time. Here, in the first in-depth biography of Azzam, Thomas Hegghammer explains how Azzam came to play this role and why jihadism went global at this particular time. It traces Azzam’s extraordinary life journey from a West Bank village to the battlefields of Afghanistan, telling the story of a man who knew all the leading Islamists of his time and frequented presidents, CIA agents, and Cat Stevens the pop star. It is, however, also a story of displacement, exclusion, and repression that suggests that jihadism went global for fundamentally local reasons.

Professor Thomas Heggammer is a s Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo. Trained in Middle East Studies at Oxford University and Sciences-Po in Paris, he has held fellowships at Harvard, Princeton, New York, and Stanford Universities, and at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. His books and edited volumes include Al-Qaida in its own Words (Harvard, 2008), Jihad in Saudi Arabia (Cambridge, 2010), The Meccan Rebellion (Amal, 2011), Saudi Arabia in Transition (Cambridge, 2014), and Jihadi Culture: The Art and Social Practices of Militant Islamists (Cambridge, 2017).

Free copies of the book will be available for students

A light lunch will be provided

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