After September 11, Americans agonized over why nineteen men
hated the United States enough to kill three thousand civilians in
an unprovoked assault. Analysts have offered a wide variety of
explanations for the attack, but the one voice missing is that of
the terrorists themselves. This penetrating book is the first to
present the inner logic of al-Qa'ida and like-minded extremist
groups by which they justify September 11 and other terrorist
Mary Habeck explains that these extremist groups belong to a new
movement--known as jihadism--with a specific ideology based on the
thought of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, Hasan al-Banna, and Sayyid
Qutb. Jihadist ideology contains new definitions of the unity of
God and of jihad, which allow members to call for the destruction
of democracy and the United States and to murder innocent men,
women, and children. Habeck also suggests how the United States
might defeat the jihadis, using their own ideology against
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