Organizations Using the Internet
Jihadist groups not categorized elsewhere
Modified 24 April 2009
David Blankenhorn wrote a very good overview of the terminology of jihadi or jihadist [see Chicago Tribune, 16 Feb 2003, section 2, pp 1, 3, 4] showing that those labeling themselves as jihadi are "a minority of a minority of a minority", a statistically insignificant fraction of Muslims:
- A Muslim is an adherent of the religion of Islam — the word Muslim literally refers to a surrenduring to the will of God.
- A small minority of Muslims are Islamists, meaning that they view Islam as an idealized model of political and legal systems, and want Islam as a national religion.
- A small minority of the Islamists, a minority that itself is divided into several ununified factions, are Salafists, meaning Revivalists, that look to an unchanged model of Islamic law and practice based on the experiences of the Prophet Muhammed. The Salafists are split into so many factions because of disagreement over just what the historical model should be.
- Among the Salafists, a very small fraction call themselves Jihadis, and feel that violence is justified in the establishment of the Salafist ideal. Jihad is a classical Islamic term with multiple meanings, and this is a misuse of its primary meaning.
- Among the Jihadis, only a few are also Takfiris, who believe that violence is justified against all non-Jihadis, even other Muslims. Osama bin Ladin, al-Qaeda, and their allies are Takfiris.
The following pages are generally pro-violence and anti-western, many are all in Arabic or otherwise difficult to impossible for me to categorize. Many were found by following links in lists found at overtly pro-al-Qaeda pages.
Quite likely most belong in some other category, but I'm not sure where to file them... Can anyone help?
- Al Mansurah — http://www.almansurah.com/
- Jihan Unspun — Seems to support bin Ladin, al-Qaeda, Khattab, and others: http://www.jihadunspun.net/
Maktab al-Jihad —
The entry page says,
"THANKS TO OUR BROTHERS AT OBL CREW &
JIHADONLINE & WORLD OF ISLAM AND SHEIK
ABU HAMZA & THE BROTHERS OF SOS":
- "OBL Crew" apparently refers to Osama Bin Ladin. Google suggests:
- "Jihadonline" apparently refers to jihadonline.org, previously a Palestinian pro-jihad page, now owned by some web-hosting organization.
- Sheik Abu Hamza and the Brothers of SOS (Supporters of Sharia) would be a London-based Al Qaeda supporter. See here for details
- Al-Mukmin Islamic boarding school — Also known as Pesantren Al-Mukmin and Pondok Ngruki, in a suburb of Surakarta, Central Java, many people linked to the school have been implicated in a series of terrorist attacks. Formerly on the net, see the Wikipedia page for background.
- http://www.muslimthai.com/jehad-online/index.php — the same server was hosting the Taliban Online site in Jan 2003
- Al-Jihad-I-Islami — http://www.aljihad.tk/
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