A management systems perspective of Islamic terrorism: A case study of Islamic Law

by Giacomini, Andrew L., Jr., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2008, 496 pages; 3291968


This study examined Islamic Law from a unique perspective that has not been utilized before now. It was not a religious analysis on the value of Islam nor did it place a value judgment on Islam as a religion; rather, this study utilized a management systems perspective to analyze how Islamic Law provides organizational and management guidance for Islamic terrorist organizations conducting their world war against non-Muslim states and especially against the United States. Because Islamic Law (Shari'a) governs all aspects of Muslims' lives, it was a reasonable assumption that Shari'a provides guidance for terrorists' actions. The study identified the organizational and management attributes embedded in Islamic Law by focusing on a textual analysis of the Qur'an 1 and selected supporting texts. The evidence that an organizational and management structure is embedded within Islamic Law indicates that taking a comprehensive systems approach to understand Islamic terrorism could inform the national debate on how to better understand this phenomenon, add to the body of knowledge regarding the relationship of religious beliefs and management practices, and possibly provide insight that could lead to the defeat of Islamic terrorists.

Key words: Islamic Law; Islamic Terrorism; Organizational and Management Systems; Case Study

1While “the most commonly used spelling by English speakers…” for the Muslim Holy Book is ‘Koran’” this researcher will use …Qur'an (Elass, 2004, p. 178).

AdviserKeith Johansen
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsReligion; Law; Management
Publication Number3291968

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