World Affairs Council of Greater Houston presents Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power
The rise of militant jihadist groups is one of the greatest international security crises in the world and has been for the past two decades. Challenging conventional wisdom, Aisha Ahmed offers a new explanation for the success of modern Islamist groups: an ability to work within and exploit local economies. Ahmad suggests that the unlikely actor in bringing Islamist groups to power is the local business community. Through groundbreaking research, Jihad & Co. features extensive interviews with jihadists and merchants from Somalia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and new fieldwork on the wars in Mali, Syria, and Iraq.