Reuven Paz was born and grew up in Israel. He graduated his academic education in Haifa University in the fields of Arabic language and literature and Middle Eastern Studies, specializing on Islam and modern Islamic thought, and is fluent in written and spoken Arabic.
Most of his studies, research, and field of experience in the past 35 years focused on Islam, Islamic culture, Islamic radicalism, development of radical Islamic doctrines, all over the world, and Palestinian society both in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. His research combines academic work with a long field experience.
In 2003, he founded the Project for the Research of Islamist Movements (PRISM – www.e-prism.org) in the GLORIA Center at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel, which he directs. PRISM focuses on research in the field of Islamic radical movements and ideology and global Jihad. In 2006, PRISM has opened a special research project for radical Islam in Africa, and in 2007 a research project on Islamist social affairs.
Reuven Paz has published so far dozens of articles in the fields of Palestinian society and politics, global Jihad, and radical modern phenomena in Islam. He also gave 18 expert testimonies in courts in cases that involved terrorism. His forthcoming book is on “The Mindset and Culture of Global Jihad.”
In the past two weeks, two major controversial positions appeared on Jihadi web sites and in the Arab media. These statements were made by two of the most important and influential clerics of the Jihadi-Salafi current of global Jihad.
(Prism). Occasional Papers. Volume 3 (2005), Number 3 (July 2005)
On 10 March a declaration appeared on an Islamic Arab internet forum—Sawt al-Haq, affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood—announcing the establishment of the Hamas movement in Kuwait. According to the declaration, the Kuwaiti branch of Hamas was formed specifically in order to fight the American forces in the region.
The horrible series of explosions in train stations in Madrid in 11 March 2004, which killed so far about 200 people, and injured over 1400, has shocked the whole world. Beside the results and the repeated evidence of the evil and dark side of terrorism, there lies the question of the responsibility for such attacks. The pendulum moves so far between the Basque terrorist group of ETA, and Qa`idat al-Jihad or any other Islamist group affiliated with Global Jihad. Against the denial of spokesmen affiliated with ETA stands one message of a virtual group by the name of Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, which claim to speak for Qa`idat al-Jihad, and which took the responsibility for the attacks in Madrid.