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Architect of Global Jihad: The Life of Al Qaeda Strategist Abu Mus'ab al-Suri (Columbia/Hurst) Paperback – June 29, 2009
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Brynjar Lia's book is an innovative, well-sourced, and thorough account of the life and work of Abu Mus'ab al-Suri. Lia's book digs behind the myths and public speculation around al-Suri and gives a comprehensive picture of the man and his works. It is crucial to an understanding of international jihadi ideology and needs to be widely studied.(Jeevan Deol, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
Brynjar Lia's masterfully-researched work remains the only known contribution to the terrorism studies field that parses the history and thought of al-Suri, a formidable ideologue by virtue of his pragmatism, rational approach to history, and realistic, 'egalitarian' view of the future of jihad. Far beyond its utility as an historical analysis, Lia's work is extraordinarily timely as he extracts the finer points of al-Suri's now widely-circulated theories that may have informed the conduct of the London and Madrid attacks.(Jeffrey Cozzens, Intelligence and Terrorism Analysis Group at Applied Marine Technology, Inc.)
A genuinely important and path-breaking book.(Peter Hart Globe & Mail)
An authoritative volume on a man who is possibly the most important jihadi theoretician alive.(Steven Brooke The American Interest 1900-01-00)
Illuminating.(Ahmed Rashid New York Review of Books)
A fascinating study.(Malise Ruthven New York Review of Books)
A brilliant, well-researched work.(Lester W. Grau The Journal of Military History 1900-01-00)
Lia's book should be essential reading.(Marisa Urgo Political Studies Review)
This valuable biography of Abu Mus'ab al-Suri... contributes to the understanding of jihadi strategic thought, an area where incisive and thorough scholarship has been lacking.(Daveed Gartenstein-Ross Middle East Quarterly 1900-01-00)
Brynjar Lia has written an impressively authoritative biography of one of contemporary jihad's most important and influential thinkers. In Architect of Global Jihad, Lia charts the rise and consequences of Abu Mus'ab al-Suri's prominence in al-Qaeda and how his worldview continues to shape and define the movement's strategy and tactics. This work is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand al-Qaeda's violent struggle and its likely future trajectory.(Bruce Hoffman, professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and senior fellow, Combating Terrorism Center, U.S. Military Academy)
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A fascinating book about Islamist history, about the birth and making of the Islamist and the strategy of Islamism. He was truly an architect of the international terrorist revolution.
Seth J. Frantzman