Understanding Terror Networks

Understanding Terror Networks For decades a new type of terrorism has been quietly gathering ranks in the world America s ability to remain oblivious to these new movements ended on September The Islamist fanatics in the

  • Title: Understanding Terror Networks
  • Author: Marc Sageman
  • ISBN: 9780812238082
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For decades, a new type of terrorism has been quietly gathering ranks in the world America s ability to remain oblivious to these new movements ended on September 11, 2001 The Islamist fanatics in the global Salafi jihad the violent, revivalist social movement of which al Qaeda is a part target the West, but their operations mercilessly slaughter thousands of people ofFor decades, a new type of terrorism has been quietly gathering ranks in the world America s ability to remain oblivious to these new movements ended on September 11, 2001 The Islamist fanatics in the global Salafi jihad the violent, revivalist social movement of which al Qaeda is a part target the West, but their operations mercilessly slaughter thousands of people of all races and religions throughout the world Marc Sageman challenges conventional wisdom about terrorism, observing that the key to mounting an effective defense against future attacks is a thorough understanding of the networks that allow these new terrorists to proliferate.Based on intensive study of biographical data on 172 participants in the jihad, Understanding Terror Networks gives us the first social explanation of the global wave of activity Sageman traces its roots in Egypt, gestation in Afghanistan during the Soviet Afghan war, exile in the Sudan, and growth of branches worldwide, including detailed accounts of life within the Hamburg and Montreal cells that planned attacks on the United States.U.S government strategies to combat the jihad are based on the traditional reasons an individual was thought to turn to terrorism poverty, trauma, madness, and ignorance Sageman refutes all these notions, showing that, for the vast majority of the mujahedin, social bonds predated ideological commitment, and it was these social networks that inspired alienated young Muslims to join the jihad These men, isolated from the rest of society, were transformed into fanatics yearning for martyrdom and eager to kill The tight bonds of family and friendship, paradoxically enhanced by the tenuous links between the cell groups making it difficult for authorities to trace connections , contributed to the jihad movement s flexibility and longevity And although Sageman s systematic analysis highlights the crucial role the networks played in the terrorists success, he states unequivocally that the level of commitment and choice to embrace violence were entirely their own Understanding Terror Networks combines Sageman s scrutiny of sources, personal acquaintance with Islamic fundamentalists, deep appreciation of history, and effective application of network theory, modeling, and forensic psychology Sageman s unique research allows him to go beyond available academic studies, which are light on facts, and journalistic narratives, which are devoid of theory The result is a profound contribution to our understanding of the perpetrators of 9 11 that has practical implications for the war on terror.

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    1. A most useful work on terrorism, with a focus on the origins of the Salafi jihad. His method? He examines the biographical data on 172 terrorists to study this "network." He, in essence, debunks a number of theories of terrorists, e.g psychological theories. His thesis is clearly and simply stated thus (page vii): "[The data:] suggest. . at this form of terrorism is an emergent quality of the social networks formed by alienated young men who become transformed into fanatics yearning for martyrdo [...]

    2. An incredibly interesting book, but the writing style made it somewhat difficult for me to get through. Sageman's insights into the dynamics and evolution of terrorist global Salafi terrorist networks was groundbreaking at the time, and it still highly relevant. But, as a historian, I found the protocols of technical writing in the social psychological discipline (especially parenthetical references) annoying and sometimes even boring. So while this is definitely an important work, worth reading [...]

    3. This book is authoritative and well-organized, but the author gave it a misleading title. It should be "Understanding the Global Salafi Islamic Terror Network." Unfortunately, although Dr. Sageman mentions some other terrorist groups, such the the IRA, the Rote Army Faction, and the Italian Red Brigades, that's all he does - mention them. In the entire book he gives less than ten pages to groups other than the Salafists, mainly Al Qaeda. This is important and useful, but other groups are very di [...]

    4. This is a book assigned to my Global Terrorism class. It is a very easy read, and presents a lot of information with good research behind it. The information leads to more research, which is always a good thing. What I don't agree with is presenting a book with a very general title that is really only about one specific thing. The book focuses on al-Qaeda and the only times it mentions other terrorist networks is in presenting psychological research on historical groups such as the Red Brigades [...]

    5. A refreshingly research-based explanation of the background, networks, and training of the 9/11 bombers. Sageman sagely refutes the idea common in the media that the terrorists were uneducated, impoverished and super-religious zealots. Instead, they were upper-middle class young men, all of whom came to the US or other western country to study. They felt alienated and lonely in the west, so they met up with similar people, and began becoming more and more extreme. The book is a bit dry but is wo [...]

    6. The title implies a broader view of terrorist networks, but Sageman focuses primarily on the global Salafi jihad and how it differs from most other terrorist networks. He assesses not only what brought about its rise but also its organization and function, all while tackling various misconceptions that political scientists and civilians alike have regarding its recruitment process and the motivation that drives its potential members to join. Overall, it was a solid introduction to an incredibly [...]

    7. It's an important book to read as it starts to unravel the cell structure of the jihadist movement, but at the end of the day I wanted more analysis of how this structure could be unravelled. An academic book, much like Terror in the Name of God, and easier to get into, but much less useful in the end.

    8. Haven't read the book yet, but I heard him speak at John Jay College and he is now a co-principal investigator on a research project I'm involved in. Great stuff, really challenges the status quo about the characteristics of terrorists.

    9. This book changed my 2pm hour. He argues that social bonds are ontologically prior to ideology and therefore terrorists are just like us: they have friends, they develop in-group love, the tend to develop out-group hate, their friends tell/coax them to do things, and they do them.

    10. Anyone looking for a substantive book detailing how terror networks are established and developed HAS to read this book. It's very informative, both on a qualitative level and on a quantitative level as well. One of the few books out there that has actually done quantitative research on terrorism.

    11. One of the better books out there. Readable but not trash like so much of the stuff out there these days since 9-11. Recommended.

    12. if this is what understanding terror networks is about then i really dont want to understand them!

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