Academic journal article Military Review

Eurojihad: Patterns of Islamist Radicalization and Terrorism in Europe

Academic journal article Military Review

Eurojihad: Patterns of Islamist Radicalization and Terrorism in Europe

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EUROJIHAD: Patterns of Islamist Radicalization and Terrorism in Europe

Angel Rabasa and Cheryl Benard, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2015, 246 pages

Two RAND terrorism experts have produced an important work about how European nations are dealing with the paradox of radical Muslims wishing to put an end to democracy while they are using the benefits of living within this same European democratic society. It is a complex narrative surveying a central theater for Islamic terrorist operations. Rabasa and Benard offer key judgments that may not be obvious to the casual observer. Jihadism is a self-limiting extreme exception in Europe, but it is still a contentious issue in France and other states struggling with the social integration of an expanding portion of their populations. Although Muslim integration is central to government approaches, the authors realistically assess that alienation is rarely the proximate cause of terrorism.

EUROJIHAD is well documented, especially concerning the United Kingdom. It dissects patterns, nodes, operations, and tactics of Islamic radicalization in a manner similar to Edwin Bakker and Marc Sageman's classic studies of terrorist networks. Many of the facts about the importance of personal relationships seem similar: concentrated urban areas, radical mosques, and prisons ignite extremism. Europe's favorable legal regimes, easy movement across borders, Internet access, community tolerance, and target-rich environment fan the flames.

There are significant differences noted between the movements found in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, and Spain. …

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