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'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.

Kashars against Mashars: Jihad and Social change in the FATA

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”.

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Exceptional Pashtuns? Class Politics, Imperialism and Historiography

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.

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Heroes of the Age: Moral Fault Lines on the Afghan Frontier

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.

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Religious Suicide in Islamic Asia: Anticolonial Terrorism in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines

Reviews and critiques Western colonial accounts of Muslim suicide attacks in India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

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Bombing Alone: Tracing the Motivations and Antecedent Behaviors of Lone-Actor Terrorists

From case-studies of 119 lone-actor terrorists, this article analyses aspects of their behaviour and examines differences of ideology and broader social networks.

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Islamic Society on the South Asian Frontier: The Mappilas of Malabar

This book explores the historical development of a tradition of holy war and martyrdom among Muslims in Kerala, India.

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Islam's bloody innards? Religion and political terror, 1980-2000

This quantitative analysis is a useful addition to the evidence base addressing whether or not Islam is especially violent.

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What's so 'religious' about 'religious terrorism'?

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.

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Establishing official Islam? The law and strategy of counter-radicalization

This article provides both a good introductory survey to approaches to counter-radicalisation, placing US efforts in the context of European practices.

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Failed states and the spread of terrorism in Sub-Saharan Africa

This study (based on data from sub-Saharan Africa) is an important contribution to research into the causes of terrorism in failed states.

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The Taliban Past and Present

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.

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Radicalisation and the Arab Spring

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.

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What causes Radicalisation? Main lines of consensus in recent research.

Introductory guide to the causes of radicalisation.

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Welcome to RadicalisationResearch.org

Welcome to RadicalisationResearch.org

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