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Feb 29, 2016

Behnam Said comes on the show to talk about nasheeds. Some of the topics covered include:

  • The role of music in Islam and how it relates to nasheeds
  • A modern history of the use of nasheeds
  • Differences between Sufi, mainstream Islamist, and jihadi nasheeds
  • Different themes used in these nasheeds
  • Why there has been such an explosion in new nasheeds and media outlets from IS and AQAP recently

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Thanks to Haakon Jahr, TankThoughts, and Raihan Kadir for supporting the show. If you’d like to support the podcast please check out the show’s Patreon page!

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Feb 2, 2016

Barak Mendelsohn comes on the show to discuss his new book, The al-Qaeda Franchise: The Expansion of al-Qaeda and Its Consequences. Some of the topics covered include:

  • How organizations expand
  • Why AQ decided to branch out and the strategy behind that decision
  • AQ’s choices on where to expand
  • Case studies on AQ’s different branches

Links

Thanks to Haakon Jahr, TankThoughts, and Raihan Kadir for supporting the show! If you’d like to support the podcast please check out the show’s Patreon page!

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Jan 20, 2016

Aaron Stein comes on the show to talk about IS networks in Turkey. Some of the topics covered include:

  • How IS developed its network inside Turkey
  • Recent attacks in Ankara and Istanbul and the networks behind them
  • How these attacks have affected Turkish governmental policy
  • How things could play out in the future

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Thanks to Haakon Jahr, Raihan Kadir, TankThoughts, and Fredrik Lundqvist for supporting the show. If you’d like to help support the podcast, and get some cool rewards, check out the show’s Patreon page!

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Jan 13, 2016

Andrew Lebovich comes on the show to discuss the various jihadi groups that have been active in Mali over the past few years. Some of the topics covered include:

  • The political process in Mali after the French intervention
  • Why there has been a rise in violence recently
  • Why IS has not been able to penetrate Mali like many of the other jihadi zones
  • Where things might be going from here

Links

Thanks to Haakon Jahr, TankThoughts, and Raihan Kadir for supporting the show. You can help support the podcast, and get some cool rewards, by checking out the show’s Patreon page.

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Dec 21, 2015

Bernard Rougier comes on the show to discuss Lebanese Sunni jihadism. Some of the topics covered include:

  • How Lebanese first got involved in jihadism in Afghanistan in the 1980s
  • How the Lebanese scene became connected to the European and Australian jihadi network
  • The role the Iraq war played in the mobilization and recruitment of a new generation
  • Background on Fatah al-Islam
  • The role Lebanese Sunni jihadis have played in the Syrian war and spillover attacks back home

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Thanks to Haakon Jahr, Raihan Kadir, and Kaspars Gasuns for supporting the show. If you’d like to support the show, and get some cool rewards, check out the show’s Patreon page.

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Dec 15, 2015

Aymenn al-Tamimi comes on the show for an in-depth discussion of the Islamic State’s finances and economic situation. Some of the topics covered include:

  • IS funding prior to 2013
  • How IS funding compares to AQ
  • Current funding streams, particularly those that are less well known
  • Evolution of IS’ economy in the past year and a half
  • Potential for IS to export its economic model to its provinces outside Iraq and Syria
  • Sustainability of IS finances and its near to medium-term trajectory

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After the interview we have an updated #SocialMedia segment covering postings from December 8-14.

Thanks to Raihan Kadir, Kaspars Gasuns, and Haakon Jahr for supporting the show. If you’d like to help support the podcast, and get some cool rewards, check out the show’s Patreon page.

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Dec 7, 2015

Lorenzo Vidino and Seamus Hughes come on the show to talk about their new report ISIS in America: From Retweets to Raqqa. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Background on the American jihadi scene
  • The demographics of Americans who’ve traveled to join the Islamic State
  • The three roles American Islamic State supporters play on social media

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Thanks to Haakon Jahr, Praecast, Raihan Kadir, and Kaspars Gasuns for supporting the show. You can support the podcast, and get some great rewards, by checking out the show’s Patreon page!

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Dec 1, 2015

Dalia Ghanem-Yazbeck comes on the show to talk about jihadism in Algeria. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Background and history of jihadism in Algeria
  • The growth of GIA networks in Europe and its legacy
  • Why there haven’t been many Algerian foreign fighters in Syria
  • Similarities and differences between the GIA and the Islamic State
  • The current status of jihadism in Algeria and Algerian jihadists abroad

The interview starts at the 34:00 minute mark. Prior to the interview we have a Primary Sources segment covering postings from October 15 - November 23. After the interview we have an updated #Social Media segment covering postings from November 21-29.

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Thanks to Raihan Kadir and Haakon Jahr for supporting the show. If you’d like to support the podcast, and get some cool rewards, check out the show’s Patreon page.

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Nov 23, 2015

Charles Lister comes back on the show for an in-depth discussion on jihadism in Syria. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Islamism and jihadism in Syria prior to the 2011 uprising
  • The entrance and evolution of Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham, and Jaysh al-Islam into what became the Syrian war
  • Why foreign fighters came into the Syrian conflict
  • Why the Islamic State of Iraq decided to enter the war in April 2013 and what it was up to prior to the fitness in January 2014
  • What the growth of ISIS and later IS meant for the other extreme factions - JN, Ahrar, and JI

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This episode also features an updated #SocialMedia segment, covering postings from November 11-20.

Thanks to Haakon Jahr and Raihan Kadir for supporting the podcast. You can support the show, and get some cool rewards, by checking out the show’s Patreon page.

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Nov 16, 2015

In light of the recent attacks in Paris, Timothy Holman comes on the show to discuss the history of French and Belgian jihadi networks. Some of the topics covered include:

  • How those networks have been repurposed over time depending on changing political contexts and external conflicts
  • The legacy of these networks after the Iraq war
  • How the latest attacks in Paris fit into a pattern of plots and attacks in France since 2012

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You can help support the podcast by making a small donation on Patreon! In addition to helping the show, you’ll get access to Patron’s-only bonus content.

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Nov 11, 2015

C. Christine Fair comes on the show to talk about Islamism in Bangladesh. Some of the topics covered include:

  • History of Islamism in Bangladesh and its intersection with mainstream politics
  • The role of Bangladeshi Islamists with Rohingya refugees
  • History of al-Qaeda’s involvement in Bangladesh and its newest enterprise through Ansar al-Islam
  • What we know about recent Islamic State attacks in Bangladesh

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This episode also features an updated #SocialMedia segment, covering postings from November 2-10.

Thanks to Haakon Jahr and Raihan Kadir for supporting the show. You can support the podcast by making a small donation on Patreon!

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Nov 2, 2015

Harun Maruf comes on the show to discuss jihadism in Somalia. Some of the topics covered include:

  • What al-Shabab has been up to since the Westgate Mall attack in Kenya
  • Background on al-Shabab’s leader Ahmad Umar and how he compares with its former leader Ahmed Abdi Godane
  • The state of foreign fighters in Somalia
  • The status of The Islamic State’s efforts in Somalia

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This episode also has a new #SocialMedia segment covering postings from October 24-November 1.

Thanks to Haakon Jahr, Kaspars Gasuns, and Raihan Kadir for supporting the podcast! If you’d like to support the show, and get some bonus content, check out the show’s Patreon page.

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Oct 25, 2015

Mokhtar Awad comes on the show to discuss jihadism in Egypt. Some of the topics covered include:

  • The development of jihadism in the Sinai prior to the Egyptian uprising in January 2011
  • What jihadi individuals and movements were doing between the 2011 uprising and the coup in July 2013
  • A deep dive on Jama’at Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM)
  • How ABM has changed since it became Wilayat Sinai of the Islamic State
  • The role of IS’ provinces in Libya in the Western Desert of Egypt
  • Background on the ABM splinter faction al-Murabitun that is pro-AQ and led by Hisham Ashmawy that pledged baya to Ayman al-Zawahiri

This episode also features a Primary Sources segment covering releases from September 20th to October 14th, and a #SocialMedia segment covering postings from October 14th to 23rd.  

Thanks to Haakon Jahr, Raihan Kadir, and Kaspars Gasuns for supporting the show! You can help support the show, and get some great rewards, by visiting the show’s Patreon page

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Oct 14, 2015

Will McCants comes on the show to talk about jihadi governance. The conversation is based on a chapter in his new book The ISIS Apocalypse: The History, Strategy, and Doomsday Vision of the Islamic State. Aaron and Will discussed numerous cases of jihadi groups attempts to govern, including the Islamic State of Iraq, al-Shabab, AQAP, AQIM, Jabhat al-Nusra, and the Islamic State.

This episode also features a Primary Sources segment covering releases from August 14-September 19 and a #SocialMedia segment on postings from October 7-13.

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Thanks to Raihan Kadir and Kaspars Gasuns for supporting the podcast. If you’d like to support the show check out our Patreon page! You can help the podcast and get rewards like access to bonus content, being thanked in the show notes, and more.

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Oct 7, 2015

Thomas Joscelyn comes on the show to talk about the so-called Khurasan group. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Why the group came into being and when its members arrived in Syria
  • Who are the key players in Khurasan and what are their backgrounds
  • What they’ve been up to in Syria and how they relate to Jabhat al-Nusra
  • What this group can tell us about al-Qaeda’s strategy

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The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Sep 29, 2015

Katherine Zimmerman comes on the show to talk AQAP. Some of the topics covered include:

  • AQAP since the death of Awlaqi and their withdrawal from territory in southern Yemen in 2012
  • The effect of the rise of the Huthis and how the Saudi/Emirati war in Yemen has affected AQAP
  • AQAP’s local outreach and how it compares to what it tried from 2011-2012
  • How drone attacks on AQAP leadership have affected the group
  • The Islamic State’s activities in Yemen and what they mean for AQAP

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The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Sep 17, 2015

Kyle Orton comes on the show to discuss Islam in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Saddam’s Islamist foreign policy reorientation in the 1980’s
  • The Faith Campaign after the Gulf War
  • Salafism in Iraq in the 1990’s and its impact on security
  • The rise of sectarianism in Iraq

This episode also features a #SocialMedia segment covering jihadi social media postings from September 1st-16th.

Recent articles by Kyle that are relevant to the discussion:

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The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes, Stitcher, or with our RSS feed.

Sep 1, 2015

North Caucasus Caucus comes on the show to talk about his recent research trip to Turkey. He and Aaron discussed the evolution of Turkish governmental policy towards jihadis, Turks’ role in jihadi groups and IS in Syria and Turkey, Turkey’s arrest campaign against Jabhat al-Nusra and IS, and more.

This episode also features a #SocialMedia segment covering jihadi social media posts from August 17th to August 31st.

We’re working on a special series on the state of Jihadi Studies, and we need some help from listeners. We’ve conducted interviews with many of the top scholars in the field, and we need some people to volunteer to help transcribe the interviews. If you’re interested in helping please email podcast@jihadology.net Thanks!

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes or with our RSS feed.

Aug 17, 2015

This episode features an interview with Samar Batrawi on Palestinians and the global jihadi movement. Some of the topics Aaron and Samar discussed include:

  • Tensions, or lack thereof, between Palestinian nationalism and global jihadi ideology
  • Background and history of Palestinian jihadism
  • Palestinians and the Islamic State
  • What the global jihadi movement means for local Palestinian politics

This episode also features a discussion of jihadi primary sources, covering releases from July 28th to August 13th, and a #SocialMedia segment on jihadi social media from August 9th to August 15th.

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The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes or with our RSS feed.

Aug 10, 2015

Thomas Hegghammer talks to Aaron about his new paper, “Assessing the Islamic State’s Commitment to Attacking the West,” in Perspectives on Terrorism, co-authored with Petter Nesser. This episode also features our #SocialMedia segment, covering posts from August 3rd to August 9th.

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The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes or with our RSS feed.

Aug 4, 2015

In this episode Aaron talks to Jacob Zenn about the group commonly referred to as Boko Haram. They covered a variety of topics including:

  • Background on Wilayat Gharb Ifriqiyya?
  • Misuse of the term Boko Haram to describe what is now called Wilayat Gharb Ifriqiyya, but previously was Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah li-l-Da’wah wa-l-Jihad
  • Process that led Jama’at Ahl al-Sunnah li-l-Da’wah wa-l-Jihad to pledge bay’a to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and become Wilayat Gharb Ifriyya of The Islamic State?
  • Current status of Wilayat Gharb Ifriqiyya in Nigeria over the past few months
  • Key questions and observations Jacob is currently looking at to see how situation might develop in the future

This episode also features a discussion of primary source material released between July 18th to August 1st, and a #SocialMedia segment covering posts from July 28th to August 3rd.

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The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes or with our RSS feed.

Jul 30, 2015

In this emergency podcast Aaron talks to J.M. Berger about the confirmed death of Mullah Omar. They covered a variety of topics related to his death and what it could mean for the broader Islamic State - Al Qaeda war. We also have a new #SocialMedia segment, covering postings from July 22-28.

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The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes or with our RSS feed.

Jul 23, 2015

This episode features part 2 of Aaron’s conversation with Don Rassler. If you haven’t heard part 1 you can find it here. This two part series is based on Don’s article, “Situating the Emergence of the Islamic State of Khorasan,” in the CTC Sentinel. This episode covers a variety of topics related to the Islamic State in the AfPak region, including:

  • Important events since Don’s article came out in March
  • The relevance of the Afghan Taliban to younger generations
  • How the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan plays into this situation
  • Al Qaeda’s relevance to, and role in, the region
  • How the presence of the Islamic State could affect the Afghan peace process

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This episode also features our #SocialMedia segment, covering postings from July 11th to July 22nd.

The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes or with our RSS feed.

Jul 21, 2015

This episode features part one of an interview with Don Rassler based on his article “Situating the Emergence of the Islamic State of Khorasan,” for the CTC Sentinel. This part of the conversation covers the development of the Islamic State’s presence in the AfPak region, as well as relevant groups and individuals in the region.

This episode also covers jihadi primary source material released from June 25th-July 17th.

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The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes or with our RSS feed.

Jul 14, 2015

This episode of features an interview with Erin Saltman on the report she co-authored with Melanie Smith, “‘Till Martyrdom Do Us Part’: Gender and the ISIS Phenomenon” (PDF). The conversation covered a variety of topics related to female participation in jihadism including:

  • The history of female participation in jihadism
  • Why the situation in Syria/Iraq is unique
  • The biggest misconceptions of female emigrants
  • The push and pull factors leading women to join up
  • The different backgrounds of these women
  • What they are doing inside Islamic State territory once they arrive

After that is our #SocialMedia segment, covering jihadi social media posts from June 30-July 10.

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The podcast is produced by Karl Morand. If you have feedback you can email podcast@jihadology.net, or find us on Twitter: @JihadPod.

You can subscribe to the show in iTunes or with our RSS feed.

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