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Islamic Political Radicalism

A European Perspective

Edited by Tahir Abbas

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Analyses the sociological, anthropological, psychological and political causes and consequences of Islamic political radicalism in Europe

Authors explore the motivations behind such radicalism, focusing on an array of different factors. These include economic and social alienation, political and cultural marginalisation, gender and masculinity, and psychological issues, both at an individual and community level.

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Notes on the Contributors
Preface and Acknowledgements
Part I – Definitions
1. Introduction: Islamic Political Radicalism in Western Europe, Tahir Abbas
The Discourse of ‘Terrorism’ between Violence, Justice and International Order, Jørgen S. Nielsen
3. A Clinical Psychology Perspective on Radical Islamic Youth, Edward J. Lifton
4. The Scales for Defining Islamic Political Radicalism, Ismail Adam Patel
Part II – Islamic Political Radicalism in Europe
5. Europe and Political Islam: Encounters of the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries, Sara Silvestri
6. Anti-Semitism amongst Muslims, Haris Aziz
7. The Growth of Islamic Radicalism in Eurasia, Galina M. Yemelianova
8. Radical Islam in Europe: Misperceptions and Misconceptions, Alok Rashmi Mukhopadhyay
Part III – The British Context
9. How the Zionist Colonisation of Palestine Radicalised British Muslims, Daud Abdullah
10. From the Ethos of Justice to the Ideology of Justice: Understanding Radical Views of Scottish Muslims, Gabriele Marranci
11. Islamic Political Radicalism in Britain: The Case of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, Sadek Hamid
12. Islamic Political Radicalism in Britain: Muslim Men in Bradford, Marie Macey
13. ‘Because I am Pakistani … and I am Muslim … I am Political’ – Gendering Political Radicalism: Young Femininities in Bradford, Gurchathen Sanghera and Suruchi Thapar-Björkert
14. Disconnection and Exclusion: Pathways to Radicalisation?, Basia Spalek
15. Transitional Religiosity Experiences: Contextual Disjuncture and Islamic Political Radicalism, Akil N. Awan
16. An Assessment of Colonial Strategies of Resistance, Liminality and Herberg’s Thesis in the Rise of Radicalism among British South Asian Youth, Ron Geaves
Part IV – After 7/7
17. Ruminations and Reflections on British Muslims and Islam Post-7/7, H. A. Hellyer
18. Electronic Monitoring and the Creation of Control Orders for Terrorist Suspects in Britain, Mike Nellis
19. British Islamic Political Radicalism, Salma Yaqoob
20. Disengaging with Terrorism: The Internal Muslim Challenge in Deligitimising Radicalism as a Means of Tackling Extremism, Sayyed Nadeem Kazmi

About the Author

Professor Tahir Abbas FRSA is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London. He is author and editor of several books, including Islamic Radicalism and Multicultural Politics (2011).


This topical collection of articles by leading scholars confronts us with a complex and diverse post-modern phenomenon in the European context … it helps make sense of both the debates around the role of the media, Islamophobia, social and economic exclusion, crises of Muslim masculinity, gender and intergenerational conflicts, the impact of global political developments, and questions of identity in fuelling radical 'Islamism', and of the more urgent reflections on terrorism and violence post-7/7. Readers will be left in little doubt about the challenge that Islamic political radicalism poses in twenty-first century Europe to both Muslims and non-Muslims.
- Humayun Ansari, author of 'The Infidel Within': Muslims in Britain Since 1800
Tahir Abbas has put together a comprehensive examination of the roots – political, social, cultural, and international – of Islamic radicalism in Europe today. After the bombings in Madrid and London, there is an urgent need for an informed and probing account of why extremism has taken hold in certain quarters and how the vast majority of law-abiding Muslims are caught up in efforts to contain it. This work speaks directly to the concerns of scholars, journalists and policymakers and provides instructive and timely answers.
- James Piscatori, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies