Apologies and Introductions

Posted: 9th September 2009 by Thomas Hegghammer in Western Analysts

I have some good news and some bad news for you. The bad news is that I will have to stop blogging for a while, due to a combination of personal and professional reasons. From the end of this month till some time next spring, I will be posting very infrequently, although I will be working behind the scenes as editor.

The good news is that I have recruited a very exciting team of guest bloggers who will be writing for Jihadica a month or two at the time throughout this coming academic year.  I won’t reveal the whole list, but I can say that they are all established and brilliant academics who have been working on jihadism and Islamism for many years. I chose them because I admire their work.

The first one out is Jean-Pierre Filiu (see also here) a professor at Sciences-Po Paris and a leading French expert on jihadism. The scholar-diplomat Filiu has written many books, notably Les Frontieres du Jihad (2006), L’Apocalypse dans l’Islam (2008) and Les neuf vies d’al-Qaida (forthcoming). Fun fact: Filiu is also the French biographer of Jimi Hendrix. Filiu’s many articles include a piece on Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb in the latest issue of the Middle East Journal.  He will start blogging for us this week.

  1. Ben says:

    Sad news for us ;-( … Anyway I hope to be able to find sometimes your comments on Jihadica. Good luck with all your projects…

    I am looking forward to read Jean-Pierre Filiu’s posts and from other potential members of the French “gang”… even if I disagree with his Jihadi/Internet approach. That leaves us a room for debate !!!

  2. Mark Stout says:

    I shall miss your posts, but thanks for finding such fine stand-ins.

  3. Garbi says:

    I will miss your messages, sad news. Good luck on the new road.

    Muchas gracias por cada una de tus maravillosas clases magistrales impartidas en éste espacio virtual. Hasta siempre.

  4. Michael Dunn says:

    Though I’ll miss your posts, Thomas, I can’t think of a better substitute than Jean-Pierre.

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