The Rise of Global Jihad

  • Monday, February 8
  • 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Online
A composite image features two men in virtual conversation.

Thomas Hegghammer, a senior research fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, discusses the early history and ideology of al-Qaeda. Hegghammer shares insights from his recent book, The Caravan: Abdallah Azzam and the Rise of Global Jihad, a biography of the influential ideologue who played a crucial role in the international spread of the jihadi movement.


This program is the first in new series exploring the history of al-Qaeda and is presented to contextualize the Museum's digital exhibition Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden, based on the special exhibition of the same name. Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden was made possible with support of presenting sponsors Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. and Palantir Technologies, as well as Lockheed Martin.



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