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The Missing MartyrsWhy There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists$
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Charles Kurzman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199766871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766871.001.0001

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Thoroughly Modern Mujahidin

Thoroughly Modern Mujahidin

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(p.59) Chapter 3 Thoroughly Modern Mujahidin
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The Missing Martyrs
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Charles Kurzman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766871.003.0003

Outsiders often confuse al-Qaida with the Taliban, but these two organizations represent distinct revolutionary movements that are often at odds with each other, despite similarities in their Islamic world-view. The Taliban are a local movement that draws on poorly educated villagers, while al-Qaida is a global movement that draws on relatively well-educated cosmopolitans, who speak European languages and are eager to adopt modern technology. Technology is not the only modern aspect of these global revolutionaries. They also seek to dismantle tribal hierarchies and monarchical government—not in the name of the West, but in opposition to the West.

Keywords:   terror, terrorist, terrorism, Islam, Islamic, Islamist, Muslim, al-Qaida, Taliban, modern, modernity

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