Fountainhead of Jihad

Title:                      Fountainhead of Jihad

Author:                 Vahid Brown

Brown, Vahid(2013) and Don Rassler. Fountainhead of Jihad: The Haqqani Nexus, 1973-2012. New York : Oxford University Press

LCCN:    2013498446

HV6433.P182 H373 2013


Date Posted:      October 9, 2015

Date Updated:  October 27, 2015

Reviewed by Joseph Sinai[1]

Drawing upon primary sources, the authors analyze the origin and evolution of the Haqqani network, the powerful guerrilla organization that fights alongside the Taliban and al Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where it is based in the Waziristan tribal frontier. The authors provide extensive details about its role in the establishment of the global jihadi movement and al Qaida in the early 1990s, how the network is organized (for example, like a traditional Pashtun clan, it is led by its founder, Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani, and his son Sirajuddin Haqqani), how it raises funds to mount its insurgency, and its links with the Pakistani intelligence service. Although densely written and overly academic in tone, and not as critical as one would wish in discussing an insurgent organization that ruthlessly pursues an agenda of anti-modernism and religious intolerance, this book is recommended for its comprehensive account of the Haqqani network.


The following books are also reviewed by Dr. Sinai in this issue of The Intelligencer

Dolnik, Adam (2013) ed. Conducting Terrorism Field Research: A Guide. New York: RoutledgeForest, James J. F. (2013), Russell D. Howard, and Joanne C. Moore, eds., 2nd edition. Homeland Security and Terrorism: Readings and Interpretations. New York: McGraw Hill

Forest, James J. F. (2014), University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Russell D. Howard, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and Joanne C. Moore, United States Army. Homeland Security And Terrorism: Readings And Interpretations, 2nd ed. New York : McGraw-Hill

Hansen, Stig Jarle (2013). Al-Shabaab in Somalia: The History and Ideology of a Militant lslamist Group, 2005-2012. New York: Oxford University Press

Hesterman, Jennifer L. (2013). The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus: An Alliance of International Drug Cartels, Organized Crime, and Terror Groups. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis

Lambert, Robert (2013). Countering Al-Qaeda in London: Police and Muslims in Partnership. New York: Columbia University Press

Michael, George (2012). Lone Wolf Terror and the Rise of Leaderless Resistance. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press

Mincheva, Lyubov Grigorova (2013) and Ted Robert Gurr. Crime-Terror Alliances and the State: Ethnonationalist and lslamist Challenges to Regional Security. New York: Routledge

Staniforth, Andrew (2012) and Fraser Sampson, ed. The Routledge Companion to UK Counter-Terrorism. New York: Routledge

Steinberg, Guido (2013). German Jihad: On the Internationalization of lslamist Terrorism. New York: Columbia University Press

Taylor, Max (2012) and P M Currie, eds. Terrorism and Affordance: New Directions in Terrorism Studies. New York: Continuum

Taylor, Max (2013), PM Currie, and Donald Holbrook, eds. Extreme Right-Wing Political Violence and Terrorism. New York: Bloomsbury

[1] Sinai, Joseph C. in The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (20, 1, Spring/Summer 2013, p. 105). Joseph Sinai, Ph.D. Dr. Joshua Sinai is a Washing~ ton-based educator and consultant on terrorism and counterterrorism studies. He has published lists and reviews of several works on terrorism and counterterrorism topics. The reviews in this issue of The Intelligencer are listed following the review of this book. He can be reached at:


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