Jihadism of the Twenty-First Century as Worldwide Religious/Political Ideology: The New Jihad as Theology and Strategy

  • Stefan Goertz
  • Alexander E. Streitparth


This chapter examines twenty-first-century Jihadism as a global religious and political ideology in the fields of theology and strategy. A general discussion about religions and their relationship to violence, fundamentalism and totalitarianism is followed by an analysis of the special relationships between Jihad and Islam and also Jihad and the Quran. On a theological and ideological level, the Islamist roots of Jihadism are outlined in a special subchapter, followed by another subchapter portraying numerous indications for what is “new” about “new terrorism” and identifying the new mullahs of an internationalised Jihad who propagate Al Wala wa-l-bara as a Salafist-Jihadi doctrine of “good against evil and the unbelievers”. It is shown that the religious and political concept of new Jihad is more extensive and complex than war on an operational military level.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Goertz
    • 1
  • Alexander E. Streitparth
    • 2
  1. 1.BundespolizeiHochschule des BundesLübeckGermany
  2. 2.BundeswehrZentrum Operative KommunikationMayenGermany

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