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The Caravan Hardcover – 5 March 2020

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  • Hardcover: 722 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (5 March 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521765951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521765954
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.9 x 23.6 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Customer Reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars4 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'For anyone wishing to understand the story of global jihad, understanding the life and thought of Abdallah Azzam is essential. Hegghammer provides a first-rate guidebook. Meticulously researched, this reads like a Graham Greene thriller - only it's true.' James L. Gelvin

'Thomas Hegghammer's exceptional book is a detailed account of the life of Abdallah Azzam, Islamist ideologue, activist and organiser. It is a fascinating story in itself, told with forensic skill and a powerful sense of place and time. But it is also much more than this. Through this narrative of Azzam's ideas and activities we get an unparalleled insight into the many dimensions of the world of transnational Islamism.' Charles Tripp, author of The Power and the People: Paths of Resistance in the Middle East

'Thomas Hegghammer's long-awaited biography of Abdallah Azzam turns out to be more than an interesting account of his life. It is about the rise of global jihadism, an entirely new phenomenon in the 20th century. Azzam's role cannot be fully appreciated without this valuable book.' Lawrence Wright, author of The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

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The much-awaited book about Abdallah Azzam, one of the jihadi movement's most important figures. It explains why jihadism went international in the 1980s, paving the way for the events of 9/11. Azzam's extraordinary life story makes for compelling reading and should appeal to readers far outside specialist circles.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating, detailed look at the founder of jihad as we know it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meticulous and compelling - a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A biography that stands the test of time
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