'A uniquely rich and original book likely to become a classic in the study of Islamism. Jihad in the City takes the reader deep into the alleyways of Tripoli to show that, sometimes, it's the most fine-grained local analyses that yield the sharpest global insights.'
Thomas Hegghammer - University of Oslo
'As a term, Islamism is simultaneously broad and vague. Raphaël Lefèvre relies on the findings of his fascinating field study in Lebanon to track the evolution of an Islamist movement, highlighting the complex intersection of individual motivations, space, and ideology. A must-read for students of social movements and political Islam.'
Stathis N. Kalyvas - University of Oxford
'A sheer pleasure to read. No one should approach this book as 'just' about a city few outsiders know and that is neglected by its own local elite and central government. Rather, it is bursting with granular insight into the role of 'ideological entrepreneurs' and 'champions of mobilization' that holds true for understanding contentious politics anywhere. The seemingly effortless ease with which Lefèvre moves from the local - indeed, the micro-local - to the wider field of social movement theory both reveals and addresses its gaps and shortcomings. This is fieldwork at its best.'
Yezid Sayigh - Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center
‘Lefèvre’s Jihad in the City is an important and original contribution to a literature that has become saturated with familiar typologies, arguments, and analytical biases. This book compellingly takes us back to something unfamiliar so we can explore with fresh eyes a phenomenon in its formative stages, helping us crystalize the microprocesses of Islamism taking shape in its physical, social, and symbolic space.’
Mohammed M. Hafez
Source: Terrorism and Political Violence