CANCELLED: Identifying – and Isolating – Jihadi-Salafists through their Ideology, Practices, and Methodology

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July 26, 2018 CANCELLED: Identifying – and Isolating – Jihadi-Salafists through their Ideology, Practices, and Methodology

In order to win the war against the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, the United States must understand the enemy.

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant propaganda photo showing masked militants in Syria. Dabiq/ZUMA Press/Newscom

Thursday, July 26, 2018

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Heritage Foundation

Lehrman Auditorium

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC
20002

Featuring

Mary Habeck

Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University, and American University

Zainab Al-Suwaij

Executive Director, American Islamic Congress

Description

In order to win the war against the Islamic State and al-Qaeda, the United States must understand the enemy. Yet the problem of knowing the enemy has never been more acute, and the lack of consensus around this issue has never been more debilitating, for American foreign policy.

Without a clear vision of who the U.S. is fighting, the government and military will not be able to distinguish ordinary Muslims from the extraordinary extremists, will be incapable of devising effective strategies for military and political efforts, and will not know which allies can be safe partners and which need to be avoided for being too close to the extremists. While there are many reasons for a lack of understanding the enemy, one of the most important is a deep disagreement about the role that Islam plays in motivating al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

This event will explore the notion that while a marginal version of Islam is the driver of extremism, it is possible to distinguish the jihadi-salafists from the majority of Muslims. A close examination of the jihadi- salafists’ belief system and methodologies will help the U.S. and allied governments formulate strategies to stop their spread.

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