German Jihad

Title:                      German Jihad

Author:                 Guido W. Steinberg

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

LCCN:    2012047653

HV6433.G3 S727 2013


  • Unlikely internationalists: putting German jihadism into perspective — Two Hamburg cells: a history of jihadist terrorism in Germany — “A second 9/11”: the Sauerland plot — The Islamic jihad union — The Turkish dimension — “Leaving Kuffaristan”: radicalization and recruitment in Germany — The German Taliban Mujahideen — “The worst enemy of Islam”: the Islamic movement of Uzbekistan against Germany — Germans in the Taliban Stalingrad: fighting the Kunduz insurgency — “This is the last year America”: threats and prospects.


Date Posted:      October 22, 2015

Reviewed by Joseph Sinai[1]

Germany has been threatened by terrorism since the 1970s, but in its formative period it was primarily by far-leftist militant groups. Beginning in the 1990s, however, as Germany’s Muslim population expanded, Muslim extremism began to take root in the country, exemplified by the Hamburg cell which played a major role in 9/11’s attacks against America. Since then, the militant Islamist threat has escalated, with German jihadists becoming, in the author’s words, “Europe’s most dynamic,” with many of them traveling to Turkey, Chechnya, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to join al Qaida-affiliated forces. The author, a researcher at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, is considered one of his country’s leading experts on terrorism.

[1] Sinai, Joseph C. in The Intelligencer: Journal of U. S. Intelligence Studies (20, 1, Spring/Summer 2013, p. 107). Joseph Sinai, Ph.D. Dr. Joshua Sinai is a Washing~ ton-based educator and consultant on terrorism and counterterrorism studies. He can be reached at:

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