Here come the Salafis: the framing of Al-Qaeda's ideology within terrorism research
Hellmich, C. (2012) Here come the Salafis: the framing of Al-Qaeda's ideology within terrorism research. In: Hellmich, C. and Behnke, A. (eds.) Knowing Al-Qaeda: The Epistemology of Terrorism. Ashgate, pp. 11-28. ISBN 9781409423669
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The purpose of the paper is to analyse different narratives about al Qaeda (AQ) in Terrorism Studies, and to demonstrate the methodological and empirical problems associated with them. It demonstrates that AQ as it emerges within Terrorism Studies is more of an artefact of preconceived notions about fundamentalist ideology than the result of rigid empirical research.