Differences between Islamic State (ISIS) and Nusra Front (JN)

SimilaritiesIdeological backgroundsAll jihadists refer to the same ideological and theological backgrounds elaborated in the works of Hassan al-Banna (1906-1946; founder of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in 1928) and Sayyid Qutb (1906-1966; leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s), which call for the creation of an Islamic state and Umma (Muslim Nation) based on Sharia values.ISIS and Al-Nusra Front (affiliated to Al-Qaeda) also base their ideology on modern jihad representatives such as Osama bin Laden, Abdellah Yusuf Azzam (mentor of Osama bin Laden who popularized jihad in Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion in eighties) or Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.Image Notes: al Qaeda launching its e-magazine, titled “Resurgence”.DifferencesTactics and strategiesISIS Tactics and StrategiesImage Notes: 2014: Covers of ISIS magazine, Dabiq, in which its strategies and tactics are discussedConsolidation of SupportAfter the death of Osama bin Laden and other…

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Martin Styszynski

Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Main fields of reserach: Arabic rhetoric, religious rhetoric, media language, PR and...