On the real factors that ignite radicalization and how we should react


“ The religious practice of the overwhelming majority of those caught up by Isis propaganda is weak at best, and mostly partial or very recent. This diagnosis has been reconfirmed time and time again since 11 September 2001. Far from being radicalized, such vulnerable individuals slide into terrorist action not because they are supportive of Isis and its claim to Islam, but for mostly non-religious reasons. To respond to a complex phenomenon only by pointing to signs of increased religiosity in a given individual, or by targeting a community or a specific religious profile, is unlikely to work (…) The UK government has created an atmosphere of suspicion and stigmatization of Muslims. An effect of this will ultimately be to nurture the very radicalization they wish to eradicate. A re-examination of strategy is required, going beyond security and surveillance, and placing greater emphasis on education, partnership, and the social and political factors at play ”

Tariq Ramadan, ‘The politics of fear: how Britain’s anti-extremism strategy has failed’, The Guardian


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