From Dissertation to Book: Incorporating Secondary Literature

What they don’t tell you ahead of time when you do a Ph.D. and want to turn it into a publishable book, is that between the time you start researching and writing your dissertation and get in the Ph.D. cave, a lot of new secondary literature is written (along with all the new primary sources) by the time you finish it. And for me, who likes to incorporate as much content as possible into my research to make it as holistic and representative as possible, that meant there was a lot of reading to catch up on. There was also literature that I came across afterwards that I had not known about or missed, as well as other literature that I wanted to revisit. Therefore, I thought it would be worthwhile to share the secondary literature that I have read over the past year since I defended my dissertation in December 2017. Maybe someone will come across something they had not read or known about yet. There is also a ton of old and newer primary sources that I have incorporated in my forthcoming book, but hope that will be a surprise for those that read it!


Abdullah Anas with Tam Hussein, To the Mountains My Life in Jihad, from Algeria to Afghanistan, London: Hurst and Company, 2019.

Aimen Dean, Paul Cruikshank, and Tim Lister, Nine Lives: My Time As MI6’s Top Spy Inside al-Qaeda, London: Oneworld Publications, 2018.

Ali Soufan, Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State, New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2017.

Ali Soufan, The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al-Qaeda, New York City: W. W. Norton & Company, 2011.

Anne Stenersen, Al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Anne Wolf, Political Islam in Tunisia: The History, London: Hurst and Company, 2017.

Assaf Moghadam, Nexus of Global Jihad: Understanding Cooperation Among Terrorist Actors, New York: Columbia University Press, 2017.

Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy, The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda in Flight, New York: Bloomsbury, 2017.

David Thompson, Les Francais Jihadistes, Paris: Les Arènes, 2014.

David Thompson, Les Revenants: Ils étaient partis faire le jihad, ils sont de retour en France, New York: French and European Publications Inc, 2016. 

Gilles Kepel, Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017.

Hedi Yahmed, Kuntu fi al-raqqah: harib min al-dawlah al-islamiyah, Tunis: Dar Naqush ‘Arabiyah, 2017.

Karim Baouz, Plognee Au Coeur De La Fabrique DJihadiste Enquete sur les Filieres du Terrorisme Francais, Paris: First, 2016.

Lawrence Rubin, Islam in the Balance: Ideational Threats in Arab Politics, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014.

Marwan Hisham and Molly Crabapple, Brothers of the Gun: A Memoir of the Syrian War, New York: Penguin Random House, 2018.

Quinn Mecham, Institutional Origins of Islamist Political Mobilization, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Rania Abouzeid, No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria, New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2018.

Romain Caillet and Pierre Puchot, Le combat vous a été precrit, Paris: Stock, 2017. 

Rory McCarthy, Inside Tunisia’s al-Nahda: Between Politics and Preaching, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Sarah J. Feuer, Regulating Islam: Religion and the State in Contemporary Morocco and Tunisia, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Shiraz Maher, Salafi-Jihadism: The History of an Idea, London: Hurst and Company Publishers, 2016.

Wassim Nasr, état Islamique, le fait accompli, Paris: Plon, 2016.

Academic Articles:

Adam Dolnik, “Conducting Field Research on Terrorism: a Brief Primer,” Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume 5, Number 2, 2011,

Anne Stenersen, “Jihadism after the ‘Caliphate’: towards a new typology,” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 2018,

Brandon Gorman, “The myth of the secular–Islamist divide in Muslim politics: Evidence from Tunisia,” Current Sociology, Volume 66, Issue 1, 2018,

Daniel J. Harris, Pete Simi & Gina Ligon, “Reporting Practices of Journal Articles that Include Interviews with Extremists,” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Volume 39, Issue 7-8, 2016,

David Collier, “Understanding Process Tracing,” PS: Political Science & Politics, Volume 44, Issue 4, October 2011,

Donatella della Porta, “Radicalization: A Relational Perspective,” Annual Review of Political Science, Volume 21, 2018,

Erica Chenoweth, “Terrorism and Democracy,” Annual Review of Political Science, Volume 16, 2013,

Esen Kirdiş, “Wolves in sheep clothing or victims of times? Discussing the immoderation of incumbent Islamic parties in Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia,” Democratization, Volume 25, Issue 5, 2018,

Fabio Merone, “Between social contention and takfirism: the evolution of the Salafi-jihadi movement in Tunisia,” Mediterranean Politics, Volume 22, Issue 1, 2017,

Francesco Cavatorta, “Salafism, liberalism, and democratic learning in Tunisia,” The Journal of North African Studies, Volume 20, 2015,

Geoffrey Macdonald and Luke Waggoner, “Dashed Hopes and Extremism in Tunisia,” Journal of Democracy, Volume 29, Number 1, January 2018,

Guillaume Corneau-Tremblay, “Tunisian Fighters Joining the War in Syria (and Iraq): A Comparative Study,” The Canadian Journal for Middle East Studies, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2015,

Heather S. Gregg, “Religious Resources and Terrorism,” Numen, Volume 65, Issue 2-3, 2018,

Ian M. Hartshorn & Stacey Philbrick Yadav, “(Re)Constituting Community: Takfir and Institutional Design in Tunisia and Yemen,” Terrorism and Political Violence, 2018,

Imene Ajala, “Tunisian terrorist fighters: a grassroots perspective,” Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 2018,

Iris Kolman, “Gender Activism in Salafism: A Case Study of Salafi Women in Tunisia,” in ed. Francesco Cavatorta and Fabio Merone, Salafism After the Arab Awakening: Contending with People’s Power, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Jamal Malik, “Fiqh al-Daʿwa: The Emerging Standardization of Islamic Proselytism,” Die Welt des Islams, Volume 58, Issue 2, 2018,

John Gerring, “Mere Description,” British Journal of Political Science, Volume 42, Issue 4 October 2012, pp. 721-746,

Lorenzo Vidino, “Sharia4: From Confrontational Activism to Militancy,” Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume 9, Number 2, 2015,

Lorne L. Dawson, “Challenging the Curious Erasure of Religion from the Study of Religious Terrorism,” Numen, Volume 65, Issue 2-3, 2018,

Max Besbris and Shamus Khan, “Less Theory. More Description.,” Sociological Theory, Volume 35, Issue 2, 2017,

Rashmi Singh, “A Preliminary Typology Mapping Pathways of Learning and Innovation by Modern Jihadist Groups,” Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Volume 40, Issue 7, 2017,

Rikke Hostrup Haugbølle, “New expressions of Islam in Tunisia: an ethnographic approach,” The Journal of North African Studies, Volume 20,  Issue 3, 2015,

Roxane Farmanfarmaian, “Media and the politics of the sacral: freedom of expression in Tunisia after the Arab Uprisings,” Media, Culture & Society, Volume 39, Issue 7, 2017,

Sabina Henneberg, “Governing uncertainty: challenges for the first Tunisian provisional administration of 2011 and its impacts in 2012-2014,” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 2018,

Stefano M. Torelli, “The Multi-Faceted Dimensions of Tunisian Salafism,” in ed. Francesco Cavatorta and Fabio Merone, Salafism After the Arab Awakening: Contending with People’s Power, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Timothy Holman, “‘Gonna Get Myself Connected’: The Role of Facilitation in Foreign Fighter Mobilizations,” Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume 10, Number 2, 2016,

Timothy Holman, “Why States Fail to Counter Foreign Fighter Mobilizations: The Role of Intelligence Services,” Perspectives on Terrorism, Volume 10, Number 6, 2016,

Other Articles:

Aymenn al-Tamimi, “Islamic State Divided: Competing Theological and Ideological Trends,” Fanack, November 23, 2018,

Bryant Neal Vinas and Mitchell D. Silber, “Al-Qa`ida’s First American Foreign Fighter after 9/11,” CTC Sentinel, Volume 11, Issue 8, September 2018,

Christian Jokinen, ““Deutsche Schabab:” The Story of German Foreign Fighters in Somalia, 2010-2016,” CTC Sentinel, Volume 11, Issue 5, May 2018,

Cole Bunzel, “Bin‘ali Leaks: Revelations of the Silent Mufti,” Jihadica, June 15, 2015,

Cole Bunzel, “Caliphate in Disarray: Theological Turmoil in the Islamic State,” Jihadica, October 3, 2017,

Cole Bunzel, “The Islamic State’s Mufti on Trial: The Saga of the “Silsila ‘Ilmiyya”,” CTC Sentinel, Volume 11, Issue 9,

Dakota Foster and Daniel Milton, “Children at War: Foreign Child Recruits of the Islamic State,” CTC Sentinel, Volume 11, Issue 6, June/July 2018,

Daniel Milton and Brian Dodwell, “Jihadi Brides? Examining a Female Guesthouse Registry from the Islamic State’s Caliphate,” CTC Sentinel, Volume 11, Issue 5, May 2018,

Diogo Noivo, “Jihadism in Portugal: Grasping a Nebulous Reality,” Real Instituto Elcano, ARI 113/2010,  January 7, 2010,

Fazel Hawramy, “Iran’s jihadi gambit,” al-Monitor, January 10, 2018,

Georg Heil, “The Berlin Attack and the “Abu Walaa” Islamic State Recruitment Network,” CTC Sentinel, Volume 10, Issue 2, February 2017,

George Packer, “Exporting Jihad The Arab Spring has given Tunisians the freedom to act on their unhappiness,” New Yorker, March 28, 2016 Issue,

Harald Doornbos and Jenan Mousa, “Found: The Islamic State’s Terror Laptop of Doom,” Foreign Policy, August 28, 2014,

Hassan Hassan, “The True Origins of ISIS,” The Atlantic, November 30, 2018,

Jean-Charles Brisard and Kévin Jackson, “The Islamic State’s External Operations and the French-Belgian Nexus,” CTC Sentinel, Volume 9, Issue 11, November/December 2016,

Johannes Saal, “The Rise and Fall of Majd – Part II: Adolescence in Switzerland,” The German Jihad, July 12, 2018,

Lilia Weslaty, “Meeting with supporters of Ansar Sharia in Kairouan: between “Islamic revolution” and social injustice,” Nawaat, May 30, 2013,

Lorenzo Vidino, “Jihadist Radicalization in Switzerland,” ETH Zürich, November 2013,

Matthieu Suc, “Les confessions du «stagiaire» d’Al-Qaïda,” Media Part, May 14, 2017,

Olfa Lamloum, “Marginalisation, insecurity and uncertainty on the Tunisian–Libyan border Ben Guerdane and Dhehiba from the perspective of their inhabitants,” International Alert, December 2016,

Olfa Lamloum, “Politics on the margins in Tunisia Vulnerable young people in Douar Hicher and Ettadhamen,” March 2016, International Alert,

Patrick B. Johnston, Jacob N. Shapiro, Howard J. Shatz, Benjamin Bahney, Danielle F. Jung, Patrick K. Ryan, and Jonathan Wallace, “Foundations of the Islamic State Management, Money, and Terror in Iraq, 2005–2010,” RAND, 2016,

Pieter Van Ostaeyen, “Belgian Radical Networks and the Road to the Brussels Attacks,” CTC Sentinel, Volume 9, Issue 6, June 2016,

Scott Sayare, “The Ultimate Terrorist Factory Are French prisons incubating extremism?,” Harpers, January 2016,

Tore Hamming, “The Extremist Wing of the Islamic State,” Jihadica, June 9, 2016,

Tore Hamming, “The generational divide,” Jihadica, October 9, 2016,

“‘They came to destroy’: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis,” UN Human Rights Council, A/HRC/32/CRP.2, June 15, 2016,,

“Tunisia: Violence and the Salafi Challenge,” International Crisis Group, Middle East/North Africa Report N°137, February 13, 2013,

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