The universal enemy: Jihad, empire, and the challenge of solidarity

No contemporary figure is more demonized than the Islamist foreign fighter who wages jihad around the world. Spreading violence, disregarding national borders, and rejecting secular norms, so-called jihadists seem opposed to universalism itself. In a radical departure from conventional wisdom on the...

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Main Author: Li, Darryl
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Stanford, California Stanford University Press [2020]
Series/Journal:Stanford studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic societies and cultures
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B USA / Balkan / Bosnia-Herzegovina / East-West conflict / Dschihadismus / History 1993-2019
B Islam / Universalism / Terrorism / Peace maintainance / Vereinte Nationen
B Bosnia-Herzegovina / Yugoslav Wars / Globalization / Panislamism / Jihad / Warrior / Muslim / History 1991-1995
Further subjects:B Jihad Political aspects (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
B Panislamism
B Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
B Muslim soldiers (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
B Dschihadismus
B Jihad
B Bosnia-Herzegovina
B Combatant
B Illegality
B Solidarity
B Solidarity Religious aspects Islam
B Muslim
B Foreigner
B Militancy
B Islam
B Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 Participation, Foreign
B Yugoslav War, 1991-1995 Participation, Muslim
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Summary:No contemporary figure is more demonized than the Islamist foreign fighter who wages jihad around the world. Spreading violence, disregarding national borders, and rejecting secular norms, so-called jihadists seem opposed to universalism itself. In a radical departure from conventional wisdom on the topic, The Universal Enemy argues that transnational jihadists are engaged in their own form of universalism: these fighters struggle to realize an Islamist vision directed at all of humanity, transcending racial and cultural difference. Anthropologist and attorney Darryl Li reconceptualizes jihad as armed transnational solidarity under conditions of American empire, revisiting a pivotal moment after the Cold War when ethnic cleansing in the Balkans dominated global headlines. Muslim volunteers came from distant lands to fight in Bosnia-Herzegovina alongside their co-religionists, offering themselves as an alternative to the US-led international community. Li highlights the parallels and overlaps between transnational jihads and other universalisms such as the War on Terror, United Nations peacekeeping, and socialist Non-Alignment. Developed from more than a decade of research with former fighters in a half-dozen countries, The Universal Enemy explores the relationship between jihad and American empire to shed critical light on both.
Item Description:Literaturverzeichnis Seite 301-332, Register
ISBN:0804792372