ICSR – The International Centre For The Study Of Radicalisation And Political Violence

Sep 2011

As American As Apple Pie: How Anwar al-Awlaki Became the Face of Western Jihad

ICSR is pleased to announce the release of its newest report, As American As Apple Pie: How Anwar al-Awlaki Became the Face of Western Jihad, by Research Fellow Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens.  This study provides the first forensic analysis of Anwar al-Awlaki’s work, which tracks his ideological path from a supposedly moderate preacher to an al-Qaeda recruiter.


Foreword 2

Letter of Support from START 3

Glossary of Terms 4

Executive Summary 6

Chapter 1

Introduction 9

Chapter 2

Methodology and Key Concepts 13Social Movement Theory 13Framing and Frame Analysis 14Frame Alignment 16Boundary Activation 17Al Wala’ Wal Bara’ 17 The Fluidity of Salafi and Islamist Thought 20

Chapter 3

Background 25United States 25United Kingdom 27Yemen 29

Chapter 4

Awlaki’s and the Ikhwan in the United States and United Kingdom 33Tolerance: A Hallmark of Muslim Character 35The Life of the Prophet: The Makkan Period 38It’s a War on Islam 40Lessons from the Companions: Living as a Minority 43Stop Police Terror 44The Life and Times of Umar bin Khattab 47

Chapter 5

Awlaki, Salafi-Jihadi Ideology and al-Qaeda 53

The Book of Jihad 53Constants on the Path of Jihad 55The Dust Will Never Settle Down 67Anwar al-Awlaki’s Blog 6944 Ways to Support Jihad 72Post 2009 Output 75

Chapter 6

Conclusion 79

Appendix 83

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