Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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An Albanian Muhajir in al-Sham: Interview

April 7, 2020 at 10:52 am

As I have noted before, there are many muhajireen ('foreigners') in the area of Idlib and its environs in northwest Syria performing a variety of functions, including military, media and educational work. The latest interview in this regard is with a muhajir of Albanian origin. This interview was conducted on 6 April 2020. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

Q: How do you feel about the current situation in general? Do you worry it will be a 'frozen conflict'?

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Jama'at Jaysh al-Islam Treatise on the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 6, 2020 at 7:24 pm

Readers may recall that I have previously interviewed the Gaza-based jihadist group Jama'at Jaysh al-Islam. In this post I present a full translation of a treatise the group's 'Shari'i Council' has released on the issue of the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, this treatise partly reflects questions I had put to the group regarding the pandemic. In short, the treatise firstly deals with the question of determining whether a given epidemic is a tribulation (i.e. something sent by God as a means to free the believers of their evil deeds and raise their degrees of elevation in Paradise and reward from God) or a punishment sent by God in His anger and wrath. The treatise then moves on to the issue of closing mosques when there are epidemics, and argues against the idea of closing mosques on the grounds that the conditions to do so have not been met. In fact, closing the mosques here can only be seen as a form of oppression. If anything, the surest path of salvation in the time of the epidemics is prayer and implementing the rule of God's law.

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'The Second Danger': Austrofascism vs. National Socialism

April 4, 2020  •  aymennjawad.org

Though my research primarily concerns the Islamic State, Iraq and Syria, I also have various other interests pertaining to my academic studies in 'extremist' discourse and historical narratives therein. One of those interests is the conflict between 'Austrofascism' and National Socialism in Austria in the 1930s.

For context, Austrofascism refers to the period when Austria came under the domination of the Fatherland Front (Vaterländische Front), a process that began in 1933 and was consolidated in 1934. The period of Austrofascism came to an end in 1938 following the Anschluss, in which Nazi Germany annexed Austria.

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Res Gestae Divi Augusti: Arabic Translation and Commentary

April 1, 2020  •  aymennjawad.org

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Osama al-Sahrawi: Interview

March 31, 2020 at 8:54 am

On Telegram there a number of prominent channels belonging to officials in Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and supporters of the organization. One of these channels is 'Osama al-Sahrawi', whose channel I noticed was promoted by 'al-Idrissi' of HTS. I connected with 'Osama al-Sahrawi', who describes himself as one of the military personnel of HTS, and conducted a brief interview with him today.

Q: How do you assess the current situation in the field of al-Sham generally?

A: The situation in the field is very good by the grace of God. The mujahideen are now developing themselves for the coming battles if God wills.

Q: Why have the mujahid factions lost many areas?

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