Jihad in Modern Shi'a Thought
A lecture by Rola El-Husseini, Texas A and M University, delivered at the conference/workshop on Jihadi Islam held at the UCLA Faculty Center on Tuesday, November 13, 2007.
The conference/workshop on Jihadi Islam was organized by Professor James Gelvin, UCLA, and brought together leading scholars to take stock of the various approaches applied to the study of jihadism and jihadi movements, discuss the assumptions and methodological problems encountered by researchers, and propose alternative approaches to the study of these phenomena that conform to more broadly applicable historical and social science practice. Participants addressed three problems in particular: typologizing jihadi movements, historicizing their emergence, and tracing their genealogies.
Rola el-Husseini is Assistant Professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. She teaches on Middle East Politics, Political Islam, and Authoritarianism in the Arab World. Her recent research is a comparative study of the Iranian impact on Iraqi and Lebanese Shi`a political thought.
To hear other podcasts from this conference/workshop or read the paper presented, please click on the title:
The Wahhabi Factor in Jihadi Islam (podcast)
David Dean Commins, Dickinson College
Al-Qaeda and Anarchism: A Historian’s Reply to Terrorology (podcast)
James L. Gelvin, University of California, Los Angeles
Osama bin Laden as Media Star: The Making of an Information Age Anti-Hero (pdf of paper presented)
Bruce Lawrence, Duke University