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Book:The new frontiers of Jihad : radical Islam in Europe / Alison Pargeter.:c2008. Book The new frontiers of Jihad : radical Islam in Europe / Alison Pargeter.
The new frontiers of Jihad : radical Islam in Europe / Alison Pargeter.
Author: Pargeter, Alison
Publication year: c2008.
Language: English
Call Number BP173.7 .P37 2008
Media class: Book
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812241464 0812241460
Extent: xi, 244 p. ; 24 cm.
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The arrests of scores of terrorist suspects across Europe following 9/11, as well as the attacks in London and Madrid in 2004 and 2005, were a stark reminder that the continent is host to militant Islamists of varying backgrounds. From veterans of the war in Afghanistan, to members of Middle Eastern insurgent groups, to second-generation immigrants and European converts, these radicals have all contributed to the image of Europe as a breeding ground for religiously inspired political violence. Yet very little is known about exactly who these Islamists are, why they are in Europe, and how and why they became involved in militant Islam. Much of the commentary that has appeared in the post-9/11 era has tended to attribute the same aims and objectives to all Islamists and label them part of one globalized movement whose primary target is the West. Contrary to what some analysts have claimed, though, the European Muslim community has not become radicalized en masse. Similarly, it is often assumed that these radical Islamists are linked to Al Qaeda and share the same ideology. Yet in many cases these links are more tenuous than is suggested. The author delves into the causes, motivations, and diverse forms of Islamic extremism in Europe. Drawing on original research and interviews conducted with moderates and radicals from across the continent, she shows how the lexicon of the war on terror has succeeded in distorting the complexities and peculiarities of a movement that, although based in Europe, is inextricably linked with the politics of the Islamic world.
The first wave of radicals -- Europe as Islamic melting pot -- Recruitment for Jihad -- Islamist opposition groups and European support networks -- Europe as battleground -- Algerian radicalism targets France -- The 9/11 effect and 'globalized' Islam -- The Madrid bombings -- The London bombings -- Radical converts -- The Danish cartoon row and the dilemma of the moderates -- Conclusion.

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