How jihadists think and act

Karim Pourhamzavi

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The recent actions of the ISIS jihadists in Syria and Iraq has left not only the Middle East but also the global community shocked by the amount of violence. This raises the question of what type of ideology lies behind the tactics adopted by this violent organisation? A comparison of the recent jihadist phenomenon in Syria and Iraq with the Wahhabi movement of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries helps to explain the modern jihadists' behaviour. Wahhabism, as a doctrine, still constitutes a source of inspiration for a puritanical jihadist conflict. Its zero tolerance for 'Others' virtually ensures a high level of violence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalNew Zealand International Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Islam--Doctrines
  • Wahha¯bi¯yah
  • Jihad
  • Ideology--Religious aspects


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