Friday, February 5, 2010

Martyrology: Abu Anas al-Janubi: From the Biographies of Eminent Martyrs (Iraq)

The Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) has released the fortieth issue in its series of martyr biographies, "From the Biographies of Eminent Martyrs." The short profile outlines the life and accomplishments of Abu Anas al-Janubi, who traveled to the fields of battle in Iraq from his homeland, the Tihamah Mountains of Yemen. He left his home "determined to emigrate [hijra]" to the lands of jihad [struggle] and ribat [guardianship of Muslim lands], Iraq. Abu Anas put his "trust in God." The ISI is an umbrella for several of the most violent takfiri-jihadi insurgent groups operating in the country, the largest being Al-Qa'ida in the Land of the Two Rivers/Iraq (AQI).

These accounts have been termed "martyrologies" by scholars, and are among the oldest and most important type of literature produced by jihadi movements, dating back to the the 1980s war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.


Biographies of Eminent Martyrs #40
Biographies of Eminent Martyrs #40

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