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Author Schuurman, Bart, author

Title Converts and Islamist terrorism : an introduction / authors: Bart Schuurman, Peter Grol, Scott Flower
Published The Hague, The Netherlands : ICCT, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource (20 pages)
Series ICCT policy brief, 2486-0656
ICCT policy brief
Contents About the Authors -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Outline & Methodology -- 3. Convert Radicalisation – What Do We Know -- 3.1. Converts in Homegrown Jihadist Plots -- 3.2. Converts among Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq -- 3.3. Overview: Convert Involvement in Homegrown Jihadism and Foreign Fighting -- 4. Explaining Convert Radicalisation -- 4.1. Commonly-Found Explanations for Convert Radicalisation -- 4.2. Empirical Insights -- 5. Conclusion -- 6. Bibliography
Summary Converts to Islam represent a small percentage of the Muslim community in Western countries. Yet when it comes to Islamist extremism and terrorism, research has suggested that converts are considerably overrepresented. This ICCT Policy Brief serves as an introduction to this topic by providing an overview of what is known about converts' involvement in homegrown jihadism and the foreign fighter phenomenon. Notwithstanding considerable reservations about the quantity and quality of the available data, this Policy Brief finds support for the notion of convert overrepresentation in these activities. This is especially so in the case of foreign fighters. What little data was found on converts' involvement in homegrown jihadism provided a more nuanced picture, emphasizing that overrepresentation may not be the norm in all Western countries and that it may be a relatively recent development. Numerous explanations for converts' involvement in Islamist extremism and terrorism have been provided, running the gamut from structural-level explanations to distinctly personal motives. At present, however, a comprehensive, theoretically sound and empirically grounded understanding of how and why converts become involved in Islamist militancy is absent. The Policy Brief concludes by stressing the need to develop our understanding of this important yet under-researched topic
Notes "June 2016."
At head of title: ICCT, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, The Hague
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 17-20)
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, viewed June 20, 2016)
Subject Jihad
Muslim converts
Radicalism -- Religious aspects -- Islam
Terrorism
Jihad.
Muslim converts.
Radicalism -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Terrorism.
Form Electronic book
Author Flower, Scott, author
Grol, Peter, author
International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, issuing body, publisher