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CALL FOR TRANSNATIONAL JIHAD: Lashkar-e-Taiba 1985-2014 Hardcover – May 21, 2014

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: AvantGarde Books LLC (May 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1633350002
  • ISBN-13: 978-1633350007
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,175,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Arif Jamal has produced one of the most detailed accounts of the doctrine(s), strategy, tactics and goals of the LeT, which he expounds is just the India-oriented head of the jihadist hydra JuD that aims to launch not a regional but a transnational holy war. The author traces the ideological and organizational origins of the JuD to the November 1979 rebellion and takeover of the Holy Ka’aba by the Salafi millenarian group led by Juhayman al-Utaybi and patronized, among others, by the former Saudi chief cleric Abdul Aziz bin Baz. The Saudis quelled the rebellion with the help from France and later executed al-Utaybi and dozens of his cohorts including the self-professed Mahdi (messiah) Muhammad al-Qahtani. But the radical Salafist legions called the Juhayman’s Ikhwan (brothers) survived including a Pakistani cleric Maulana Badiuddin Rashdi of the Ahle Hadith sect and the Saudi siblings of Indian descent Ahmed and Mahmood Bahaziq. Jamal chronicles the founding of the original Pakistani Salafi jihadist enterprise Markaz Dawa’-wal-Irshad (MDI) in Lahore in 1987 by Rashdi, Bahaziq brothers, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Zafar Iqbal, Amir Hamza and Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. Saeed was a rather low ranking figure in the Pakistani Salafi hierarchy and was appointed merely the mudeer (manager) of the MDI. He was later elbow out his ailing mentor Allama Rashdi to take over as the emir of the MDI, which later on changed its named to the JuD in the aftermath of the December 2001 attack on the Indian parliament. The JuD has retained Juhayman’s creed minus any overt longing for a messiah.

He writes that the 1990s Bosnian war was truly an MDI/JuD jihadist campaign for which scholars and policy makers gave the al-Qaeda an erroneous and undue credit.
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Arif Jamal's book should be read by policymakers and scholars who are interested in understanding the dynamics of Islamist militancy and terrorism in its truly transnational reach. It meticulously details the evolution, objectives, strategy, and tactics of the LeT and its parent organization, which has operational and ideological links that spread far beyond its base in Pakistan. Along the way, this intrepid investigative journalist takes the readers on a fascinating journey from the LeT's jihad against India in Kashmir to its training camps and efforts to establish a foothold in Afghanistan. Jamal's prognostications may be pessimistic, but he is calls it as he sees it." Aqil Shah, author of the Army and Democracy: Military Politics in Pakistan.
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This book indeed is a bible to Lashkar e Taiba / Jamat ud Dawa. Jamal goes into the depth of the subject. He has an unparalleled insight and scholarship on Pakistani Jihadi groups and their undertakings. Many claim that Lashkar e Taiba or its former and newer versions are simply a nationalist Jihadi organization, i.e. focused primarily towards India. However, this book gives such details of their transnational attributes, that one finds it hard to just place the group as a small nationalistic player. The chapters touch upon areas right from Bosnia, Chechnya, Maldives to Australia. The author's writing style keeps the reader interested in what coming next. It is simple, yet well worded. Flows more like an autobiography to the group, but also shows years of research and analysis behind the the information presented. The author gives primary evidence from the time he acted as a journalist in Pakistan. These insights, interviews and quotes are unique to this book. It surely is a must read for all South Asian analysts, particularly working on extremist groups in the region. I would also suggest that the Author's book on "Shadow War: Kashmir" and "Islamist Militancy in Pakistani Punjab" be read in conjunction with this book. I ordered the book through AvanteGarde books. Had no troubles receiving on time.
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