Hassan Hassan offers his take on the newly revealed bin Laden files, advocating for the analysis of bin Laden’s personal journal as a means of formulating an updated understanding of al-Qaeda’s deeper philosophy. Hassan notes the influence of political Islam and Islamist ideologies in bin Laden’s notes and highlights the importance of uncovering insights into the personal ruminations, mindset, and outside influences of the jihadi leader in analysts attempts to understand the jihadi stage as it exists today, specifically with regard to recruitment efforts. Read about it here!

 

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