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Nelly Lahoud

Nelly Lahoud

Former Associate, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program

 

Experience

Former Associate, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2009–2011; Former Research Fellow, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program, 2008–2009

Current Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Senior Associate, Combating Terrorism Center, West Point, N.Y.

 

 

By Date

 

2011

November 2010

The Jihadis' Path to Self-Destruction

Book

By Nelly Lahoud, Former Associate, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program

Jihadi ideologues mobilize Muslims, especially young Muslims, through an individualist, centered Islam. Appealing to a classical defense doctrine, they argue that the mandates of jihad are the individual duty of every Muslim and therefore transcend and undermine both the authority of the state and the power of parental control.

 

2009

June 2009

"In Search of Philosopher-Jihadis: Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi's Jihadi Philosophy"

Journal Article, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions, issue 2, volume 10

By Nelly Lahoud, Former Associate, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program

This article examines Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi's imprint on the intellectual capital of jihadism. It explores al-Maqdisi's religious teachings, his emphasis on the 'Religion/Community of Abraham' as a model for believers and focuses on the meanings he ascribes to tawhid and the blurry unresolved boundaries between tawhid and takfir.

 

2008

December 13, 2008

"If We're Careful, Al Qaeda May Self-Destruct"

Magazine or Newspaper Article, The Boston Globe, Spiritual Life Column

By Rich Barlow and Nelly Lahoud, Former Associate, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program

Nelly Lahoud's recent seminar for Harvard's Islam in the West Program — "Will Al-Qaida Self Destruct?" — was the subject of the December 13, 2008, Boston Globe Spiritual Life column.

 

 

October 2008

"Islamic Responses to Europe at the Dawn of Colonialism"

Book Chapter

By Nelly Lahoud, Former Associate, Initiative on Religion in International Affairs/International Security Program

"Whether Renan's views of Islam were defined by a predisposition to an ideological and systematic framework or not is difficult to say, but they did nevertheless grow into an ideological worldview. Despite the numerous flaws in his ideas and the subsequent scholarship that has since discredited him, Renan's ideas have survived to the present day."

 
Events Calendar

We host a busy schedule of events throughout the fall, winter and spring. Past guests include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Vice President Al Gore, and former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev.