Faisal Devji

is Reader in Modern South Asian History at St Antony’s College, Oxford University. His books include Muslim Zion: Jinnah and the Making of Pakistan (2010); The Terrorist in Search of Humanity: Militant Islam and Global Politics (2009); and Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality, Modernity (2005).


9/11 organizer Khalid Sheikh Mohammed exploited his trial to remind the court of its own human rights obligations, while Osama bin Laden’s video statements include appeals to religious pluralism. Al-Qaeda’s use of liberal categories is central to its rhetoric on war and justice, writes Faisal Devji.

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