Muslim political radicalization in the West

Authored by: Tahir Abbas

Routledge Handbook of Islam in the West

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415691321
eBook ISBN: 9781315794273
Adobe ISBN: 9781317744023


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This chapter describes and explains the situation of radical Islam among young people in the Western European context, with a particular focus on the British case. The paper discusses aspects of migration, settlement, intergenerational disconnect, and problems of identity politics. It also explores the experience of Islamophobia, and the roles of foreign and domestic policy in exacerbating many of the problems that impact on anti-Muslimism and its manifestations; that is, the ways in which radicalization and Islamophobia have both internal and external discontents that are interrelated.

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