1. Introduction: September 11th and the Anxious Search for Answers 2. Who is Al-Qaeda?: From Afghanistan to 9/11 3. Hypocrites, Wahhabis and Salafi-Jihadis: Post 9/11 Explanations of Al-Qaeda's Ideology 4. Reclaiming the Umma: The Ideology of Al-Qaeda in the Context of the Pan-Islamic Tradition 5. Al-Qaeda Post-9/11: Destroyed, Weakened or Re-emergent? 6. The Future of Al-Qaeda Bibliography
Christina Hellmich is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Reading, UK.
'A comprehensive book filled with fresh material.' Time Out 'A sensible, sharp, reasoned, comprehensive overview of analysis of modern Islamic militancy and discussion of the nature of the phenomenon of al-Qaeda.' Jason Burke, author of al-Qaeda: The True Story of Radical Islam 'If you think you know anything at all about al-Qaeda or simply want an accessible introduction to the subject, this book is a must-read. For the novice and expert alike, Al-Qaeda by Christina Hellmich is currently the best book in the very large field of al-Qaeda studies. An eloquent and incisive deconstruction of the mythology surrounding al-Qaeda and a trenchant critique of the contradictions at the heart of Western security policy, Christina Hellmich delivers an intelligent and balanced assessment of perhaps the most misunderstood group in the world.' Richard Jackson, Aberystwyth University, UK 'Undermines many of the widely held assumptions about al-Qa'ida.' Nelly Lahoud, Associate Professor, Combating Terrorism Center, United States Military Academy, West Point