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Abdullah Yusuf Azzam
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Religious Figure
    (1941-November 24, 1989)
    Born in Silat al-Harithiya, West Bank, Palestinian Territories
    Known as 'Father of Global Jihad'
    Graduated from University of Damascus with B.A. in Sharia (1966)
    Earned Ph.D in the Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University (1973)
    Member of the Muslim Brotherhood
    Killed in a car bomb blast in Peshawar, Pakistan
    By stressing the use of violence in Islam, he became responsible for the entire jihadist movement in the world that is responsible for countless acts of terrorism.
    He encouraged his followers to kill non-Muslim civilians deemed 'mushrikeen' (polytheists).
    He forbade negotiations, conferences, and dialogue as part of his slogan calling for 'Jihad and the rifle alone'.
    He adopted old anti-Semitic conspiracy theories to demonize Jews.
    He criticized the Palestinian Liberation Organization as too secular in ideology.
    His focus on fighting non-Muslims put him at odds with the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, who wanted to fight the Egyptian government for not being 'true Muslims'.
    He was described as extremely intelligent as a child, excelling in class and learning things above his level.
    He enjoyed reading.
    He escaped a earlier attempt on his life at the same year as his assassination.
    He died with two of his sons when one of them was driving them to Friday prayers.

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