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Public Culture (2009) 21 (3): 451–464.
Published: 01 September 2009
...Jeremy Prestholdt This essay addresses myths about al Qaeda operative Fazul Abdullah Muhammad and their implications for American foreign policy. The essay demonstrates how Fazul's legend mirrors broader genealogies of information that shape contemporary perceptions of terrorism. Fazul orchestrated...
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Public Culture (2007) 19 (2): 225–226.
Published: 01 May 2007
... conflicts justify putting more American soldiers in harm’s way? Is Iraq today in a “civil war,” or is it being attacked by the same foreign body as the United States (al-Qaeda)? Will Iraqis be left to struggle among themselves? In a more subtle but ultimately no less brutal vein, is Chinese “respect...
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Public Culture (2008) 20 (3): 573–581.
Published: 01 September 2008
...-Qaeda to a Leninist revolutionary vanguard and thus makes knee-jerk agitprop rhetoric (like knee-jerk reactionary rejections of “modernity”) highly suspect. What I do not care so much about is thus the need to wave the banner of the Left...
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Public Culture (2003) 15 (2): 238–260.
Published: 01 May 2003
...-Qaeda training camps and Taliban government forces in Afghanistan. The protestors paraded with large posters that featured images of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden arranged in a collage with “Usama” written in This essay emerged from a colloquium series organized by the Doctoral Program...
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Public Culture (2009) 21 (3): 437–439.
Published: 01 September 2009
... argues that the rhetorical making of al Qaeda operative Fazul Abdullah Muhammad into a “master terrorist” was largely the product of a psychology of fear and a popular imagination saturated with the layered syntax of entertainment industry...
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Public Culture (2016) 28 (3 (80)): 447–456.
Published: 01 September 2016
..., who was then on the run in the mountains of Afghanistan. The al-Qaeda chief’s pronouncements were major news stories at the time and often ran on the front page. Most speakers of Arabic, native or not, critics as well as sympathizers, agree that bin Laden was an eloquent speaker. Bernard Lewis (1998...
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Public Culture (2006) 18 (1): 93–110.
Published: 01 January 2006
.../wxzinn091401.html. 2. The absence of any sustained critical analysis of movements such as al-Qaeda or Hamas, or of regimes such as those of Baathist Iraq or Syria, suggests that this sort of “chickens come home to roost” position involves the projection of political opposition to American policies...
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Public Culture (2007) 19 (2): 381–405.
Published: 01 May 2007
...). The Department of Justice had pre- 8. Geoffrey Miller, as quoted in Lesnes 2004. 3 8 8 viously opined that al-Qaeda, as a stateless terrorist organization that plans and Terror and Territory executes the killing of civilians, is not a legal army and should...
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Public Culture (2008) 20 (1): 19–26.
Published: 01 January 2008
... demanding a separate state or proclaiming a messiah, its defenders wanted only to “clean up” society in the manner of NGOs, citizens’ groups, and other do-gooders. Comparing those holed up in the Red Mosque to the Taliban or al-Qaeda...
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Public Culture (2006) 18 (2): 271–279.
Published: 01 May 2006
... enemy. At that point, the man who had become the head of an organization called al-Qaeda truly began to wage war against the regime in Riyadh; however, because the massive presence of the American army on Saudi soil made it impossible...
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Public Culture (2006) 18 (3): 551–571.
Published: 01 September 2006
.... The Globe and Mail reported that Alm- rei was known to have “frequented the Best Copy Printing shop” (Priest 2001). Neither Almrei nor al-Marabh, who was at one time described by U.S. intel- ligence as a lieutenant in Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist network,11 were charged with terrorist...
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Public Culture (2008) 20 (3): 551–560.
Published: 01 September 2008
... the U.S. state in a more differentiated manner, to focus in more detail on the relationship between nonstate modes of organizing — whether of al-Qaeda or of other international oppositional movements — and the global order of modernity, to look more fully at the effects of terrorism made banal...
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Public Culture (2008) 20 (3): 561–571.
Published: 01 September 2008
... to be made more meaningful, to be given a deeper structural logic. What this unfortunately produces is a functionalist form of reasoning as analysis migrates from engagement with the present to comfort­ 5. Marc Sageman, comments made at the conference “Al Qaeda 2.0,” Washington, D.C., Novem­ ber...
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Public Culture (2012) 24 (1 (66)): 9–45.
Published: 01 January 2012
.... Qaddafi at once embraced political Islam and repressed any attempts to form autonomous Islamist groups in Libya. His relations soured with both Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda. He repeatedly used violence against domes- tic dissent...
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Public Culture (2011) 23 (2): 395–416.
Published: 01 May 2011
...- ing experimental conjoining of Gandhi with al-­Qaeda (2008: 46), I sense a curi- ously intimate dialogue between these unlikely interlocutors. “Negatives that cure thirty-six­ diseases” One element of this intimacy reflected Gandhi’s...
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Public Culture (2018) 30 (3): 465–482.
Published: 01 September 2018
... and operation of the nineteen al-Qaeda militants who hijacked and crashed four airplanes on 9/11. Indeed, studies of suicide missions and suicide bombings demonstrate the extent to which these acts of terror are interested not only in physical destruction but also in communicating a message ( Gambetta 2005...
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Public Culture (2018) 30 (3): 393–412.
Published: 01 September 2018
... interviewed and accompanied suicide bombers connected to the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda. The program notes state, “Refsdal’s mission to show the other side of this story succeeds with flying colours” ( Movies That Matter 2017a ). Keep Quiet (dir. Sam Blair; 2017) is about the leader of a right-wing party...
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Public Culture (2019) 31 (1): 45–67.
Published: 01 January 2019
.... However, Fourest does not view Islamic extremism only in terms of the violence of Al Qaeda or Islamic State. Rather, the appeal of Muslim extremism, for Fourest, is due to “its anti-imperial, third-worldist, anti-Zionist positioning and especially thanks to the fear of appearing ‘Islamophobic...
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Public Culture (2015) 27 (1 (75)): 161–183.
Published: 01 January 2015
... of Hosni Mubarak and Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, both military officers. Many celebrities thus stood by Mubarak and Ben Ali. In Syria’s more protracted and bloodier revolution, where opposition groups include armed extremists, some affiliated with al-Qaeda, a few celebrities’ support of the regime was more...
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Public Culture (2014) 26 (1 (72)): 127–152.
Published: 01 January 2014
... of joint military missions with US forces to bomb alleged al-Qaeda strongholds, Bahrain and Syria have been so far unsuccessful in reestablishing stability, while the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) forces had to be brought in at the urging of France to overthrow the regime in Libya after...