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Fred Halliday, the sadly deceased, Middle East scholar, gave a brilliant overview of irregular warfare in the Middle East, entitled “Irregular Warfare and the Modern Middle East: from Mirza Kuchik Khan to Osama bin Laden”, during a conference, Rethinking Jihad: Ideas, Politics and Conflict in the Arab World & Beyond, in Edinburgh in 2009. His introduction contains an anecdote about arriving in Sudan and being greeted with the Presidential carpool made available by a former student, followed by an elegant aside about Edinburgh being the home of the Scottish enlightment,  marking his appreciation and determination to see a “twenty-first century enlightment”. What follows is a cantankerous but coherent view of political violence and change in the Middle East, dealing with much that is relevant to students of foreign fighters and others of their ilk.

Sources

Tributes to Fred Halliday 1946 – 2010

Fred Halliday, demystifier of the Middle East

Fred Halliday International relations scholar and expert on the Middle East

Rethinking Jihad: Ideas, Politics and Conflict in the Arab World & Beyond

Conference report