Two Middle East Experts Explain Jihadi Culture at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Two Middle East Experts Explain Jihadi Culture at the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Thomas Hegghammer and Cole Bunzel will speak at the 9/11 Memorial Museum.

Two experts on jihadist ideology will visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum tonight to share their thoughts on how terrorist groups like ISIS construct shared values to galvanize their supporters.

Thomas Hegghammer, senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, and Cole Bunzel, scholar of jihadi ideology at Princeton University, will discuss their research on jihadi culture with Noah Rauch, senior vice president for education and public programs at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

Hegghammer is the editor of “Jihadi Culture: The Art and Social Practices of Militant Islamists.” He has published widely in academic journals and written op-eds for The New York Times and al-Sharq al-Awsat, in addition to appearing on CNN's Amanpour and Anderson Cooper 360. Bunzel’s research focuses on the history of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia, as well as the Jihadi-Salafi movement underpinning Islamist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.

The speakers will be introduced by Alice M. Greenwald, president and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, and an audience Q&A will follow the discussion. This talk, which will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Museum auditorium, will be livestreamed at www.911memorial.org/live.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff