The Origins of al Qaeda's Ideology: Implications for US Strategy

Henzel, Christopher
March 2005
Parameters: U.S. Army War College;Spring2005, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p69
Academic Journal
Presents the history of Sunni Islam and its impact on the establishment of al Qaeda. Details of the origins of Sunnism and the personalities responsible for morphing it into the current militant form exemplified by the likes of al Qaeda; Exploration of the influences of insiders and outsiders on Sunni Islam and the resulting rivalries and clashing philosophies that spawned the current Salafist reform movement and its ideology; Admonition by the author for America and the world at large to exploit ties with existing Sunni regimes in a mutual battle against revolutionary Salafists.


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