Egypt and North Africa


Ayman al-Ẓawāhirī

Ayman al-Ẓawāhirī (1951- ) is the current leader of al-Qāʿida and former member of Egyptian Jamāʿat al-Jihād.

Sayf al-ʿAdl

Sayf al-ʿAdl (1960/1963-present) is a high-ranking member of al-Qāʿida.

Abū Bakr Nājī

Abū Bakr Nājī (1961-2008) was purported as the head of media and propaganda for al-Qāʿida.

Abū Ayyūb al-Maṣrī

Abū Ayyūb al-Maṣrī (1968-2010) was the Egyptian militant and senior aide to the former leader of al-Qāʿida in Iraq, Abū Muṣʿab al-Zarqāwī.

Sayyid Quṭb

Sayyid Quṭb (1906-1966) was an Egyptian author, Islamic theoretician, poet and leading member of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1950s and 1960s.

Muḥammad Quṭb

Muḥammad Quṭb (1919-2004) was the brother of Sayyid Quṭb and an Islamic scholar based in the later years of his life in Saudi Arabia.

Hānī al-Sibāʿī

Hānī al-Sibāʿī (1961-present) is an Islamist Egyptian scholar who lives in exile in London.

Muḥammad Muṣṭafā al-Muqrīʾ

Muḥammad Muṣṭafā al-Muqrīʾ (?-2014) was an Egyptian Islamist scholar and cleric.

ʿAbd al-Qāḍir Bin ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz

ʿAbd al-Qādir Bin ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz (1950 - present) also known as “Dr. Faḍl” is an Egyptian jihadist theologian and former member of Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

Aḥmad Shākir

Aḥmad Shākir (1852-1958) was an Egyptian theologian working as Deputy Chief Justice, the highest sharīʿa court.


Abū Yaḥyā al-Lībī

Abū Yaḥyā al-Lībī (1963-2012) was a high-ranking official within al-Qāʿida.