The Human Nature of Jihadism- an interview with al-Maqālāt

Here begins a series of interviews and dialogues with al-Maqālāt who describes himself as “an independent media outlet”.  He tweets under @Al_Maqal_Ps. The reader will find that the interviewees attitudes and views are useful because he encapsulates a certain outlook which serves as a useful barometer for how some Salafi-Jihadists… Read more“The Human Nature of Jihadism- an interview with al-Maqālāt”

Taking Exception to Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism

It takes a brave person to comment on the Middle East, one never knows when a crisis will erupt that threaten to render one’s judgment obsolete. Since first reading Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism [1], Turkey’s AK Party have suffered an attempted failed coup orchestrated by parts of Turkey’s military, and Tunisian Islamists… Read more“Taking Exception to Shadi Hamid’s Islamic Exceptionalism”

Aleppo under Siege: Interview with Suqour al-Sham- an Islamist Rebel Perspective

Western media rarely gets an insight into how Islamist battalions work and think especially within the rebel operation room, Jaysh al-Fath, the Army of Conquest. This is a coalition of seven Islamist rebel groups including Jabhat al-Fateh al-Sham (JFS), Ahrar al-Sham and Suqour al-Sham. They remain the most effective and… Read more“Aleppo under Siege: Interview with Suqour al-Sham- an Islamist Rebel Perspective”

The Virtues of Sham: The Place of Syria in Muslim Sacral Imagination

The nature of the Syrian conflict, now in its fifth year, has become overtly sectarian and ideological. Undoubtedly the foreign fighters who continue to trickle in are coloured by this. There is also enough evidence to suggest that the presence of informal recruiters, usually through friendship networks, play an influential role… Read more“The Virtues of Sham: The Place of Syria in Muslim Sacral Imagination”

Islamic State Attacks in Europe: A Rough Guide to ISIS Lone Wolves

How an ISIS organised attack looks like There is a myth that the Islamic State claims every terror attack in the West as its own. But even its claims of responsibility for events should be accepted sceptically. Let’s establish a criterion that distinguishes between directed attacks – that is those… Read more“Islamic State Attacks in Europe: A Rough Guide to ISIS Lone Wolves”

Asia Alfasi’ ‘Extraordinary Tales’: Bringing Together Libya, Scotland, and Manga

By Valentina Viene In a world of opposing ideologies and intense scrutiny, critically thinking individuals must often migrate to an imaginary world to express their ideas. For writers with a message, fiction offers that free space where they can create their own scenarios and explore their own ideas. While new… Read more“Asia Alfasi’ ‘Extraordinary Tales’: Bringing Together Libya, Scotland, and Manga”

What happened to ‘Man like Fatlum?’- The inside Story of the British Suicide Bomber of Ramadi

Tourists and bohemians love rummaging through the stalls on Portobello Road with its shimmering trinkets and shaggy clothes fit for an art student. To the locals it’s a “joke ting”, a skank to bring tourists from all over the world to sample the latest authentic “efnik” fad. Down the road on Golborne… Read more“What happened to ‘Man like Fatlum?’- The inside Story of the British Suicide Bomber of Ramadi”

Why Did Jund Al-Aqsa Join Nusra Front in Taking Out ‘Moderate’ Rebels in Idlib?

The recent push by Nusra Front into Idlib and the defeat of Jamal Marouf’s Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF) has brought a little known group, Jund al-Aqsa, into prominence in the West. Jund al-Aqsa, or The Soldiers of Aqsa (referring to Islam’s third holiest mosque in Jerusalem), is an independent battalion… Read more“Why Did Jund Al-Aqsa Join Nusra Front in Taking Out ‘Moderate’ Rebels in Idlib?”

Full Transcript of Shareef Alnimer Interview: A True Blue Aussie

There’s been a lot of coverage of my interview with Australian combat medic Abu Ousama or Abu Safiyah shown on Channel Seven, Australia it was subsequently picked up by all the major Australian broadcasters and newspapers including the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and so forth. The exclusive reached the Australian… Read more“Full Transcript of Shareef Alnimer Interview: A True Blue Aussie”