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M.S. in International Studies


International Studies


The intention of this paper is to provide a framework within which to categorize modem Islamic terrorism. Many have argued that terrorism in general and Al-Qaeda in particular spring from a rejection of modernity. There are still others who see terrorist groups as a modem construct. Specific attention will be paid to the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization as a prime example of how modern terrorist groups exhibit traits of both modernity and traditionalism. Through this paper I seek to show that Islamic terrorism is rather a hybrid of traditional and modem aspects formed together to create a post-modem structure.

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