The book is a biography of a jihadi ideologue associated with the 1980s war in Afghanistan. The book is long (5-600 pages) and quite detailed. It will have a very long shelf life. It is a work of history, but it speaks to current affairs. It aims to be the definitive work on "how the jihadi phenomenon started". It's called "the Caravan" because the protagonist wrote a famous book called "Join the Caravan" and because Caravan is a nice metaphor for the jihadi movement, which in many ways started moving in the 1980s thanks to Abdallah Azzam.
I don't have a clear idea of what I want, except that I am a little tired of my publisher's default style, which is a striking photograph on glossy paper. The content of the book might provide some ideas:
- it's a _biography_, so possibly a picture/graphic/drawing of Azzam's face
- it's about _jihadism_, so the cover could (but does not need to) have a military/religious flavour
- it's about _transnationalism_; Azzam's main contribution is to have made the jihadi movement more transnational, and he himself was a vagabond of sorts who lived in several countries.
I generally like mustard/orange colours. It's a taste thing, but it also fits with the colour of Afghan mountains and the deserts of the Middle East, which is where Azzam worked. I am open to other suggestions.
Another heuristic is to look at the jihadi propaganda that Azzam and his comrades produced in the 1980s. They published magazines, posters, and films with a certain iconographical style to it. I attach some samples.
Incidentally, I quite like this picture: https://flic.kr/p/6jXncW. perhaps a cropped section of it can be used for something.
It doesn't have to be a photograph, though. I am open to other types of graphics, including on the abstract side. Generally, though, like relatively clean covers with not too much going on.