Some Islamic scholars have demonstrated a predilection to dismissing Ibn Taymiyyah as insane, mentally unstable, or incompetent. This tendency, although understandable, is an immature way to discredit his ideas, which ought to be countered not through calumniating his character but through careful and measured theological study and argument. Theology, not slander, is our greatest instrument as researchers of Islam and the best way to delegitimize theological views that have inspired violent actors such as Al-Qaeda (AQ) and Islamic State (IS) to commit atrocities in the name of Islam.
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Jack is a graduate from Indiana University with a B.A in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Central Eurasian Studies with a focus on the Arabic language. He also studied Turkish Language and Literature at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. His interest in counter terrorism and counter insurgency began when he researched the decentralisation and fragmentation of Al-Qaeda.
His research evolved to include Islamic State Khorasan Province in Afghanistan and Pakistan and separatist movements in Balochistan. He currently works in the Afghanistan Pakistan studies centre at the Middle East Institute as a research assistant.
Jack has Awarded FLAS Fellowship to participate in 2018 IU Summer Language Workshop in Turkish; Academic Year 2019-2020, FLAS Fellowship by the Centre for the Study of the Middle East for Arabic Studies; and also awarded FLAS Fellowship to participate in 2020 Summer Language Workshop in Pashto.
Jack is fluent in Turkish; Fluent in Arabic, Fluent in Dari. Proficient in Urdu, Russian, and Pashto languages.