The Art of Making a Jihadist

Thomas Hegghammer, former Member and Visitor in the School of Historical Studies, sat down with the Guardian's Andrew Anthony to discuss his book Jihadi Culture: The Art and Social Practices of Militant Islamists (Cambridge University Press, 2017), an examination of the background activities and patterns of behavior that amount to a distinct Jihadi culture.

“We should expect them to spend all their time honing their bomb-making skills, raising funds, or studying the enemy’s weakness,” Hegghammer writes. “Yet they ‘waste’ time on poetry recitation, hymn singing, and other activities that serve no apparent strategic purpose.”

Read more at the Guardian.