Tunisia became a top ISIS militant producer although the country is known as the leader of the Arab spring and has little to no terrorist activity prior to 2011. In Your Sons Are at Your Service, Dr. Aaron Y. Zelin uncovers the long history of Tunisian involvement in the jihadi movement and offers an in-depth examination of the reasons why so many Tunisians became drawn to Jihadism following the 2011 revolution.
Zelin highlights the long -term causes that affected Jihadi recruitment in Tunisia, including the prior history of Tunisians joining jihadi organizations and playing key roles in far-flung parts of the world over the past four decades. He contends that the jihadi group Ansar- al-Sharia in Tunisia was able to take advantage of the universal prisoner amnesty, increased openness, and the lack of government policy toward it after the revolution. In turn, this provided space for greater recruitment and subsequent mobilization to fight abroad once the Tunisian government cracked down on the group in 2013. Zelin highlights his cutting-edge ground fieldwork, including a variety of documents in Arabic going as far back as 1980s, interviews with Ansar al- Sharia members, and talks with Tunisian fighters returning from their battles in Syria. The first book on the history of the Tunisian jihadi movement, Your Sons Are At Your Service is a meticulously researched account that challenges simplified views of jihadism’s appeal and success. Hearing Zelin speak on these issues in Tunisia
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