'Radicalisation' has often seemed the key to understanding, and preventing, modern terrorism. This site aims to gather high-quality academic research on radicalisation and make it easily accessible for policymakers, journalists and anyone else whose work deals with this area. It is managed by the Religion and Society Research Programme.
Focusing on developments in South Waziristan and arguing that there the Taliban is a movement of the young, poor, and those belonging to minor lineages or powerless tribes against tribal elders, the Political Agent appointed by the Government of Pakistan, and also against the so-called “mafia of maliks, transporters and traffickers”.
Extends the argument that in order to understand the Taliban we need to go beyond the stereotyped images of Pashtun exceptionalism and Islamic fanaticism to look at socio-economic class and imperialism.
Argues that Afghanistan’s troubles arise from the continuing existence of what are in many respects incompatible cultural principles that generate moral contradictions which make it difficult for the modern nation-state to take root there.
Reviews and critiques Western colonial accounts of Muslim suicide attacks in India, Indonesia and the Philippines.
From case-studies of 119 lone-actor terrorists, this article analyses aspects of their behaviour and examines differences of ideology and broader social networks.
This book explores the historical development of a tradition of holy war and martyrdom among Muslims in Kerala, India.
This quantitative analysis is a useful addition to the evidence base addressing whether or not Islam is especially violent.
This article focuses on the concept 'religious terrorism' and assesses its validity and some of the effects of its usage. The authors argue that 'religious terrorism' is both conceptually suspect as well as empirically problematic.
This article provides both a good introductory survey to approaches to counter-radicalisation, placing US efforts in the context of European practices.
This study (based on data from sub-Saharan Africa) is an important contribution to research into the causes of terrorism in failed states.
Draws insights from comparing the historical Taliban from the North-West Frontier at the time of the British Raj, with the modern Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Assessing the impact of the Arab Spring on the fortunes of Jihadist movements in the Middle East, Khosrokhavar argues that it dealt a major blow to their wider attraction.
Introductory guide to the causes of radicalisation.
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