The Charismatic Leadership Phenomenon in Radical and Militant Islamism (Religion and International Security)

The Charismatic Leadership Phenomenon in Radical and Militant Islamism (Religion and International Security)

By: Haroro J. Ingram (author), Dr. Lee Marsden (series_editor)Hardback

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Haroro J. Ingram journeys through over a century of history, from the Islamist modernists of the late-1800s into the 21st century, in the first full length examination of the charismatic leadership phenomenon in Islamist radicalism and militancy. Exhaustively researched and founded upon a suite of innovative multidisciplinary paradigms, this book features case studies of Hassan al-Banna, Sayyid Qutb, Abdullah Azzam, Osama Bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki. At a micro-level, Ingram argues that charismatic leaders act as vehicles for the evolution of modern Islamist radicalism and militancy. At a macro-level, he argues that the transformative charisma phenomenon in Islamist radicalism and militancy produces complex chains of charismatic leaders as individual figures rise by leveraging, to varying degrees, the charismatic capital of preceding charismatic leaders. Within these case studies, Ingram offers new approaches to understanding the nuances of these complex phenomena; from his ideal-types of charismatic leadership in Islamist militancy (spiritual guides, charismatic leaders and neo-charismatic leaders) to his framing of al-Qaeda as a 'charismatic adhocracy'. The result is an authoritative analysis of a phenomenon largely ignored by scholars of both charismatic leadership and Islamism. Ultimately, this ground-breaking investigation offers important insights into the complex nuances that drive the rise and evolution of not only Islamist militancy but radical and militant groups more broadly.

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Haroro J. Ingram has worked on national security issues in various capacities and is currently with the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies (Department of Political & Social Change, Australian National University, Canberra).


Contents: Introduction; Part I Establishing Theory: Literature review; charismatic leadership theory; A theoretical framework of charismatic leadership; A theoretical framework of identity and the 'architects of identity': merging identity and charismatic leadership theory; The radicalisation process and the role of the charismatic leader: merging radicalisation and charismatic leadership theory. Part II Establishing Context: Islam as centre and the charismatic leaders of Islamist radicalism and militancy; The transformative charisma phenomenon in Islamist radicalism and militancy: a framework of macro-level trends and characteristics. Part III Case Studies: The colonial period (late 1800s-1945): the roots of the TCPIRM: Hassan al-Banna; The post-colonial period (1945-1970): from the chasm between hope and reality: Sayyid Qutb; The modern period I: Islam's resurgence, (1970-1989): the dawn of perpetual crisis, the beginning of perpetual war: Abdullah Azzam; The modern period II: post-Afghan jihad to the 9/11 decade, (1990-2000s): from the depths of Islam's modern crisis: Osama bin Laden; The modern period III: the 9/11 decade, (2001-2011): crisis on the frontiers of the Muslim world: Anwar al-Awlaki (1971-2011); Conclusion; References; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 11/12/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781409449843
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9781409449843
  • weight: 622
  • ISBN10: 140944984X

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