(Case Study of the Jennet and Sharia Jamaats)


Hanjan Kurbanov, Associate at the Daghestanian Scientific Center, RAS (Makhachkala, Russia)

Very soon after the events of August 1999, the Chechen warlords changed their tactics from direct clashes with the federal forces into surprise skirmishes in the rear and subversive acts. Since the RF power structures were present everywhere in the republic and controlled all, or nearly all, of Chechnia, the terrorist resistance forces, which should be called militants, members of illegal armed groups or terrorists, stepped up their activities. Terrorism is understood as non-institutional resistance, when the assets and forces of one of the sides do not allow it to acquire legal forms and oppose the enemy on the front.

Certain forces in the West and certain Muslim thinkers prefer to regard the Chechen separatists as rebels, the warriors of jihad, resistance fighters, etc. For example, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a mujtahid well known across the Arab East, distinguishes several types of terrorism: civilian or social terrorism when criminal armed groups ambush travelers on the road, use arms against them, and thus sow terror in society. The Koran is very severe with respect to them: The punishment for those who

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