My eighth guest piece was published on Friday at Informed Comment, the widely-read blog of Prof. Juan Cole of the University of Michigan's Department of History, who is a noted expert on the modern Middle East and South Asia, with a specialty in Shi'i Islam. The piece is entitled, "After Usama: The Jihadi-Takfiri Trend after Bin Laden." It examines the possible impact of the killing of Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) founder-leader, Usama bin Laden, which was confirmed by AQC itself on May 6 in a statement. The first regional AQC affiliate to eulogize Bin Laden is Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in a statement released today (May 8).
"The killing of Usama bin Laden, the founder of Al-Qa‘ida Central, this week in Pakistan has opened the door to intense speculation about the future of the militant organization and the transnational jihadi-takfiri trend that it represents. A great deal of attention has been paid to who the next leader of al-Qaeda Central, its next public face, will be. Bin Laden’s killing, while certainly a major loss to al-Qaeda Central and its regional affiliates, does not sound the death knell of the transnational trend known as the jihadi-takfiri (those who view Muslim holy war [jihad] as a pillar of the faith and who lightly excommunicate [takfir] and attack other Muslims who disagree with them). While the importance of his killing should be recognized, it is critically important to not exaggerate its likely impact."
Read the rest HERE.
My first guest piece, "The Islamic State of Iraq’s Positions on Iraqi National Elections: The Continuing Decline of a Self-styled Jihadi State," can be read HERE.
My second guest piece, "The Death of a Caliph: Will the Reported Killings of the Islamic State of Iraq's Two Senior Leaders Spell the End of the Self-styled Jihadi State?", can be read HERE.
My third guest piece, "From 'Martyrdom' Videos to Jihadi Journalism in Somalia," can be read HERE.
My fourth guest piece, "HAMAS' Rhetoric as Spoiler," can be read HERE.
My fifth guest piece, "Hezbollah's Double Standards: Iran, Tunisia, & Popular Protest," can be read HERE.
My sixth guest piece, "Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood & the Demonstrations: Fact vs. Fiction," can be read HERE.
My seventh guest piece, "Building an Insurgent State in Somalia?", can be read HERE.