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Chatham House Primer: Jihadism

7 June 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Shiraz Maher, Deputy Director, International Centre for the Study of Radicalization, King's College London; Author, Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea



This talk will aim to demystify some of the core issues surrounding Salafi-jihadism, while also explaining the intricacies within a broad and diverse religious tradition that is often caricatured in the media.

The presentation will draw on Maher’s book, Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea, to explore the concept of jihad, accounting for its evolution and trajectory over time.

The talk will cover:

  • The different branches of Islam
  • Understanding Salafism
  • Differences within Salafism
  • Salafism and Wahhabism
  • Five core ideas integral to Salafi-jihadism: jihad, takfir, wala wal bara, tauhid, hakimiyya
  • Debunking common myths and misconceptions around jihad

This event is now full and we have closed registration.

About Chatham House Primers

The Chatham House Primer Series is a unique programme of talks designed to bridge the gap between introductory level subject knowledge and a more advanced understanding geared towards practical application, higher-level discussion and policy debate.

With each talk hosted by a leading expert, the Primer series aims to provide the audience with a solid grounding in topics of academic curiosity, key international affairs concepts and the issues behind the news.

This event will be followed by a reception open to all attendees.