Jihad Recollections

Posted: 7th April 2009 by Thomas Hegghammer in Jihadi journals, Jihadi media, propaganda, Strategy

We usually don’t cover English language jihadi media here at Jihadica, but the recent release of a new magazine entitled Jihad Recollections (JR) attracted my attention because it is produced by Fursan media and because it is so well done. The magazine fills a gap in the world of jihadi media, as the editorial states:

“We have acknowledged that the Arabic Jihadi media have surpassed the English community by light years. Many of our hard working brothers in the English Jihadi community – may Allah reward them with mountains of good deeds – usually limit themselves to translating works rather than developing their own. Henceforth, we have decided to take it upon ourselves to produce the first Jihadi Magazine in English.”

It is not quite true that this is the first jihadi magazine in English, but this is indeed the most serious one I have seen. It is seventy pages long and very nicely designed – in many ways it resembles an English version of Qadaya Jihadiyya. JR contains a lot of original material, including several articles in the strategic studies genre. Top stories include an analysis of “Obama’s questionable economic stimulus package” and “The political implications of the CIA’s scandal in Algeria”. There are also articles on “the science behind night vision technology”, “EMP grenade technology becoming a reality” and “The principles of guerrilla warfare”. This is not to mention “Staying in shape without weights” – essentially an introduction to Pilates training.

Articles are mostly in perfect idiomatic English and are quite well edited. One can only guess where it is produced, but the American spelling, the interest in the stimulus package and the frequent references to US sources suggest to me that this is the work of people who either live or (more likely) have lived in North America. The target audience is presumably Muslims in Europe and the US, perhaps also in Africa and Asia.

Jihadi Recollections sets a new standard for jihadi propaganda in English and it will be interesting to see how long they can keep going. It is hard to tell whether it will have big readership, but generally I think the importance of English-language propaganda tends to be overestimated by western analysts. I guess one indication would be if European jihadis suddenly start getting slender, flexible bodies.

PS:If you want more details, Jarret Brachman plans a 71-part article series on JR – one for every page of the magazine.

PPS: On the Arabic language magazine front, the 34th issue of Sumud and the 52nd issue of Hasad al-Mujahidin came out last week.

Update (8 April): The good news is my instinct was right, the bad news is I didn’t do my homework. Rusty at Jawa Report identified the editor of JR several days ago as a guy named Samir Khan who is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rusty adds further details here.

Document: 04-07-09-ansar-jihad-recollections

Document (Arabic): 03-31-09-shamikh-sumud-34

Document (Arabic): 03-30-09-shouraa-hasad-mujahidin-52

  1. George washington says:

    Christianity and Christ shall reign forever sais I am! There is a Holy War! Jihad will eventually be defeated. With real force and Judgement!! Time my Brothers and Sisters. The Cross will not be DENIED or MOCKED FOREVER!!!!! As a Follower of Jesus and enlisted in God The Father ARMY.

    Sincerely Forever,

    Christian, American, Forever

    Romans 8:31

  2. MLP says:

    What is the intent behind this magazine? Is it to conform Western Civilization to your beliefs? Is it because you underestimate our intelligence that we would fall for whatever kind of hidden motive there may be?

    People of your extreme Islamic beliefs hate Americans, hate Israel, and hates people of your own nationality who would oppose your beliefs. And forget the respect of women, much less your own.

    So please tell me, why should us Americans take part, or have any interest at all in anything you would have to say?

    You want a life in paradise with Allah? You want to reap the rewards your faith promises by attempting to kill Americans? Fine. Save yourselves the trouble and come forward and allow us to kill you so you can be on your merry way.

    Jesus saves, and God bless.

  3. Pedro Gomez says:

    This proves once again that Islam is a cult of death! Only ass backwards idiots will stick to this madness.

  4. Anna says:

    The intent of this jihad is like all others. It’s a holy war against the infidels…either convert and pay jiyzia tax or die.

  5. Anna says:

    oops…I meant either convert or pay jiyizia or die.

  6. here is an interesting magazine out of the UK from the Al Muhajiroun off-shoot. High quality production values and I have even heard that they are producing hardcopies:
    http://www.revolutionmuslim.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=1843

    It is of course unclear how widely followed it is.

  7. Raffaelo: Fascinating – thanks very much.

  8. mike says:

    You mean pay extortion (jiyizia) or die. These people are like the Mafia.

  9. Edward says:

    “I guess one indication would be if European jihadis suddenly start getting slender, flexible bodies.”

    What the heck does this have to do with anything??

  10. It’s a humorous reference to the article on pilates training.

  11. Al Briggs says:

    Does anyone have a pdf version? None of the links work.

  12. To stay out of trouble we do not post original jihadi material on the website. You can contact us by email if there is something you need and we will consider your request.

  13. Fabio,Naples, in south italy says:

    finally a good magazine for publishing material that give the opportunity to explain the real reasons for intentional violence in the name of big business. In the name of Allah not to do kill but,but even in the name of God, there is no difference.But unfortunately, the western propaganda pushes on western ignorance.

  14. Fazalul Rahman says:

    What i see in these literatures are juz the fatwas and saying of so called religious scholars… not a single word that contain the teachings of prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) or holy quran…. I doubt the authenticity of what is said here being a muslim…

  15. metoo says:

    The difference between good language use and the use of language is the ideas it contains. To, as done in the opening statements here, condone another while assuming superior positioning is reminiscent of Germany’s leadership in the mid 1900′s. Denouncing any other ideas due to ones own belief system fails to see the value of diversity of ideas and plods on with the singular belief that if one believes he/she understands something then it must be right. This goes against the Koran’s intent as witnessed by the division within the people of Faith and those who authored this web-page.

  16. t says:

    this is good because it will let the leftists see how messed up islam is, provided they will actually listen instead of talk for 5 minutes

  17. metoo says:

    “T” Islam is not really “messed up” any more than Christianity is. There are over 38000 different divisions in Christianity while Islam has much less fragmentation. The “problem” with both religions are the extremists who believe their way is the correct way and any other viewpoint is wrong. In the past the Christians have had the Crusades (as an example) and Islam today has its current extremists. Education is the key to understanding and co-existing and extremist in any camp deplore education as it lessons their own self-perceived stature.

    As far as “leftists” go, by what criteria do you judge another’s beliefs? Your own? Does that make you anything but different, or you believe it makes you “right”?

  18. Hala says:

    You pervert the Jihad. Allah SWT knows and those who do violence will be in Jehenna. This violence you teach is repugnant to Allah SWT.

  19. Nada says:

    Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the teenager who wanted to explode the bomb in Portland wrote articles for “Jihad Recollections,” an online magazine that promotes violent jihad. This magazines only purpose is to perpetuate violence, and death, to those who do not follow, or believe, in the Islamic faith. It should be banned outright, along with any others that espouse violence and terrorism, or those that back them, such as Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), all of which have direct financial ties to suicide bombers working for Hamas.

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