In this meticulously researched book packed with new discoveries, Zelin provides a comprehensive history of Tunisian jihadism, one of the least studied branches of the jihadi movement. But Your Sons Are at Your Service is much more than a country case study; it provides important insights on broader topics such as post-revolutionary politics, Salafi activism, foreign fighting, rebel recruitment, jihadi ideology, the Islamic State, and the war in Libya. This book should be on the shelf of any serious student of the modern Middle East.
Thomas Hegghammer, author of Jihad in Saudi Arabia: Violence and Pan-Islamism since 1979
Backed by an astonishing body of research, Your Sons Are At Your Service is a sweeping, authoritative history of Tunisian jihadism, with new revelations on almost every page. Aaron Y. Zelin is one of the most respected scholars studying terrorism at the top of his game in this debut book.
J. M. Berger, author of Extremism
[Zelin’s book is] rich in detail for those studying the phenomenon of jihadi terrorism.
Rukmini Callimachi, Correspondent for The New York Times covering the Islamic State and al-Qaeda
Fantastic book [with] fascinating details on Tunisian jihadist networks from Afghanistan to Europe and Algeria.
Marc Lynch, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University, where he director of both the Institute for Middle East Studies and the Middle East Studies Program
Zelin presents a striking and unique study of the Tunisian jihadist mobilization in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, its historical roots in the 1980s and in the global jihadist movement. He has conducted extremely valuable and innovative research, collecting data and speaking with activists and leaders in the extremist circles on the ground in Tunisia. The book cements Zelin’s reputation as an expert in his field, prized for his independent voice on this critical subject.
Jytte Klausen, Brandeis University
To understand modern jihadism as an ideology and a dogma, the Tunisian jihadi movement provides a unique case. They were among the first, the most dedicated, and the most radical international recruits, challenging authorities at home and abroad. Some challenged the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and even the Islamic State. Zelin gives a glimpse into the past and future of jihadism through the Tunisian scope.
Wassim Nasr, France 24
The book should be studied and not just read, since reading it would not be enough to absorb the huge amount of knowledge provided by this study.
This is more than just a great book on the history of jihadism in Tunisia. It is also a valuable study of how jihadist groups are adapting in the post Arab Spring era.
Scott Stewart, Vice President of Stratfor’s Threat Lens
Zelin’s book is the essential foundation for anybody trying to assess the Jihadi Question in Tunisia, but that limited scope does not mean the question — and the answers — are of significance only for Tunisia.
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