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October 11, 2021 at 4:34 pm

Ping Institute Teacher Workshop | Competition Among the Jihadis: ISIS, Al Qaeda and Beyond, Nov. 13

The Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities proudly presents “Competition Among the Jihadis: ISIS, Al Qaeda and Beyond,” a workshop for high school teachers led by Dr. Nukhet Sandal.

The workshop will be held online from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 13, 2021.

  • Those wishing to register for the event should email the Director of the Ping Institute, Fred Drogula, at

There has been a lot of attention on jihadi groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda. We have a tendency to put all jihadi groups into one category and see them as the same type of organizations. However, there are high levels of competition and animosity within the jihadi world. Most recently, we have seen an increased ISIS activity in Afghanistan.

ISIS aims to undermine Taliban rule and prevent Al Qaeda’s further expansion. This workshop will delve into the history of ISIS and investigate its tensions with other jihadi groups, including Al Qaeda. We will discuss different theological and political approaches of these groups; important figures to pay attention to; their goals and priorities; and the future of jihadi movements.

Sandal is associate professor and chair of the Political Science Department at Ohio University. She is the author of Religious Leaders and Conflict Transformation (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and Religion and International Relations Theory (with Jonathan Fox; Routledge, 2013). She has written many research articles and book chapters focusing on religion, violence and politics. Her most recent article, “Framing Religious Outbidding: Al-Qaida, Islamic State, and Intra-Religious Competition,” was published in Politics, Religion, and Ideology in August 2021.

Participation is free and participants will be provided with a copy of the book, A History of ISIS by Fawaz A. Gerges (Princeton, 2017). The workshop is limited to 15 participants to enable a lively discussion. Certificates will be available to provide a record of the workshop contact hours for their LPDC.


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