The Caucasus Emirate Mujahedin: Global Jihadism in Russia's North Caucasus and Beyond
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About the Author
- Paperback : 344 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0786479523
- ISBN-13 : 978-0786479528
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.69 x 10 inches
- Publisher : McFarland & Company (October 9, 2014)
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,598,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'It is the contention of geostrategic analyst Gordon M. Hahn in "The Caucasus Emirate Mujahedin: Global Jihadism in Russia’s North Caucasus and Beyond," that Russia’s Chechen insurgency, which began as a secular, nationalist movement to create what was to be a Chechen Republic, was during the 1990s taken over and ultimately supplanted by an Islamicized and jihadized successor, the self-declared Caucasus Emirate. The focus of the Cacasus Emirate is to establish a revolutionary, theo-ideological jihad to establish a Shariah law-based caliphate in Russia’s North Caucasus region and ultimately throughout the “Muslim lands” of the Russian Federation. Moreover, Hahn argues, the emirate is linked to and actively part of the globalized jihadist movement, an ally (with material support flowing in both directions) of extremist Islamist forces including Al Qaeda and ISIS, and so is a threat not only to “infidel Russia”, but to Europe and the U.S. Hahn also argues that the Boston Marathon bombers were at least indirectly inspired to jihad by the Caucasus Emirate.
'Hahn’s scholarship is exhaustive and thorough, but relentless, and his conclusion that the Caucasus Emirate is a major player in the global jihad and a real security threat to the U.S. is open to dispute. Among the work’s other flaws is the complete absence of a glossary and of maps, both of which would help the reader understand events in context. Nonetheless, the study is worth a look as it valuably fills in a gap in the overall picture of the revolutionary jihad that has involved so much of the world.'
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