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Al-Qaeda 2.0A Critical Reader$
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Donald Holbrook

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190856441

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190856441.001.0001

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Support Your Prophet—Peace and blessings be Upon Him

Support Your Prophet—Peace and blessings be Upon Him

March 2015

By Ayman al-Zawahiri

Chapter:
(p.169) Support Your Prophet—Peace and blessings be Upon Him
Source:
Al-Qaeda 2.0
Author(s):
Donald Holbrook

Cerwyn Moore

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0012

In this video message, Zawahiri celebrates the attack on the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and is quick to claim credit for it on behalf of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. This of course comes at a time when Al-Qaeda’s central command is broadly seen as inactive and marginalized. He focuses on alleged double standards of the West regarding its support for democracy, tracing, as always, his grievances back to colonial times, whilst emphasizing more normative components of this grievance, with an obvious focus on the prohibition of ridiculing the prophet. He reiterates his criticism of the transgressors in Syria, noting that the route taken by IS contravenes the more inclusive plan for caliphate creation drafted by bin Ladin.

Keywords:   Aymal al-Zawahiri, Charlie Hebdo, Prophet, Media, Cartoons

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