Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Ibn Taymiyya: Critiquing the Link

British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship Lecture – presented by Dr Jon Hoover.


Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) is the pre-modern Muslim scholar most frequently cited by jihadist movements like ISIS and al-Qaeda to justify their violence. Yet, Muslim scholars of different kinds argue that Ibn Taymiyya cannot be used to support such violence. This lecture will evaluate the arguments of both sides and show that jihadist readings of Ibn Taymiyya do not follow the pattern of his life and thought.


Dr Jon Hoover is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham. His areas of interest include Islamic intellectual history, the thought of Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, and Christian-Muslim relations.


The photograph above is of Ibn Taymiyya’s tomb in Damascus.

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