Arab Jihadism: Nikāya and Tamkīn between ISIL and al-Qaeda, Hassan Abu Haniyeh, 2018, Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, 624
Hassan Abu Haniyeh adds Arab Jihadism: Nikāya and Tamkīn between ISIL and al-Qaeda to a long series of research projects he has undertaken into the different aspects of jihadism which, in recent years, has become one of the most urgent problems facing security, democratic transition, and political modernization in the Arab world. As is the case with most of his writings, Abu Haniyeh's analysis of sources in this project stands out insofar as it escapes the sterility of the theoretical narrative – making it a far more accessible read, not least to a general reader from the Arab region.
The book is composed of nineteen chapters divided into three main sections. The first of these takes up the ideology of global jihadism, while the second and third are given over to a discussion of the rise of the "Islamic State" (IS) and the various branches of al-Qaeda throughout the Arab world.
* This review was published in the 8th issue of AlMuntaqa, a peer-reviewed academic journal for the social sciences and humanities, Vol. 4, No. 1 (pp. 117-123). You can read the full paper here.