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Strategic Thinking of the Salafi-Jihadi Movement

Strategic Thinking of the Salafi-Jihadi Movement

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Published by Abidin Zein
This Weltanschauung is bound up in the
concept of al-wala’ wa-al-bara’a, whose literal and conceptual meaning is absolute
belief in God on the one hand, and on the other, disavowal of anything representing
apostasy, whether it be idolatry or concepts drawn from the outside world //
This Weltanschauung is bound up in the
concept of al-wala’ wa-al-bara’a, whose literal and conceptual meaning is absolute
belief in God on the one hand, and on the other, disavowal of anything representing
apostasy, whether it be idolatry or concepts drawn from the outside world //

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Published by: Abidin Zein on May 26, 2011
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 Strategic Thinking of the Salafi-JihadiMovement
Mr. Yair MinziliSubmitted to: DOD/ONAIslamist Strategies ProjectInstitute for Policy and Strategy, HerzliyaHudson Institute, Washington DCProject Leader: Dr. Shmuel BarMay 1, 2007
 
The Interdisciplinary Center HerzliyaLauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy
 
Institute for Policy and Strategy
 
Contents
Executive Summary..................................................................................................1Introduction...............................................................................................................7General Background..............................................................................................7Sources of Authority: Islamic Jurisprudence and Political Concepts.....................12The Rule of Shari’a as a condition for Islamic rule............................................12The Principle of al-wala’ wa-al-bara’a...............................................................12The Principle of 
Takfir 
........................................................................................13The Principle of the Influence of Human History and Balances of Power.........15
Analysis of the Balance of Power between Islam and its Enemies
...........15The Enemy – “Crusaders”, Israel and “Apostate” Regimes...................................16General................................................................................................................16The Clash of Civilizations...................................................................................16The Crusader Attack...........................................................................................17Bin Laden’s Perception of “The American Enemy” as the Main Enemy...........18Bin Laden’s Perception of Israel and the Jews...................................................19The Rules of War against “Natural Infidels”......................................................19The Attitude towards Apostate Regimes in the Region......................................22The Attitude towards Apostate Muslims (
murtaddun
).......................................22The Attitude towards the Saudi Arabian Regime...............................................24Muslim-Infidel Relations....................................................................................24Agreements Signed between the US and Apostate Regimes in Muslim States..26Providing Aid to Infidels in Their War against the Muslims..............................27The Means: Jihad, its Nature and Importance.........................................................28General................................................................................................................28
 
‘Abdallah ‘Azzam – Revitalizing the Idea of Jihad............................................28Jihad and its Advantages.....................................................................................30The Aims of Jihad...............................................................................................31Stages of Jihad....................................................................................................31Types of Jihad According to Circumstances.......................................................32Types of Jihad According to Means....................................................................35Preparations for Jihad..........................................................................................35Jihad as Guerilla Warfare....................................................................................36Use of Non-Conventional Weapons....................................................................36Jihad by Means of Harming Economic Interests................................................37The Principle of Self-Sacrifice for the Sake of Allah (
istishhad 
).......................38Bin Laden’s Military-Operational Conception...................................................39Setting Priorities for Attacking Targets of the Enemies of Islam.......................40TheLeadership of the Mujahidin
 
Qualities and Obligations...............................41The Ultimate Objective – Establishment of the Caliphate/Islamic State................44General................................................................................................................44The Objectives and the Plans to Achieve Them.................................................46Perception of Iraq as the First Stage...................................................................47Foundations of Government in the Islamic State................................................49Establishment of the “Islamic State of Iraq”.......................................................56Institutions and Foundations of the Caliphate and the Qualities of its Leaders..56Apocalyptic and Eschatological Aspects................................................................58Summary.................................................................................................................61

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