Dr Shiraz Maher will explore the ideology followed by the most destructive terrorist groups of the modern age.
Whilst claiming to be rooted in the theology and politics of seventh-century Arabia, Salafi-jihadism is actually of very recent provenance, and is as much the product of current and recent wars as it is of religious politics.Whilst it is extreme by any definition, it is also a surprisingly intellectual response to the challenges of modern warfare, and its ideologues include sophisticated thinkers as well as brutal killers.
Dr Shiraz Maher, deputy director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London and one of the foremost authorities on modern jihadism, will explore the development of Salafi-jihadism from obscure beginnings in the 1990s to its manifestations today in terrorism, insurgency and state-building. He will set out the claims and the contradictions of this radical ideology, and analyse the many challenges it poses for global security.
Dr Shiraz Maher is the author of the forthcoming Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea (Hurst, Oxford University Press). Copies of the book will be available on the day.