The process of conversion to any religion is best thought of as a journey, and this is how it is often described to others by those who undergo it. While[…]
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There are many concepts and phrases which are common to all Muslims, but which have a particular meaning for Islamic extremists. Jihad is a term that we hear often, in[…]
Aristotle Kallis looks at how waves of radical ideas spread through whole societies, drawing on the ‘virus’ of fascism in 1930s Europe. ‘Waves’ of progress? In his classic account of[…]
The idea that the West and Islam are at war isn’t limited to a few sidelined activists. It’s an idea that has played a prominent role in the 2016 US[…]
The different pathways into extremist groups varies from region to region. What might be a common theme of radicalisation in Africa won’t necessarily be true for the Middle East. Too[…]
Islamophobia is widespread in the UK. A 2015 YouGov poll found that over half of British voters think there is a fundamental clash between the values of Islam and British[…]
Salafism, often referred to as ‘Wahhabism’, is widely regarded as a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam that fuels Jihadism and subjugates women. Some even lump ISIS and Salafism together—casting suspicion upon[…]
The recent attack in New York, which left 29 persons wounded, the bombings in New Jersey and the knife attack in Minnesota serve as a grim reminder that this year[…]
Research based on interviews with Irish Republican activists has shown that trust plays a greater role than ideology in how members pick sides when terrorist groups splinter. CREST’s Emma Barrett[…]
A lot of what most people think they know about Islam is found in the media, where tales of fundamentalism and violence are the norm. Here CREST researcher Kim Knott[…]