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Routes into Islamic' terrorism: dead ends and spaghetti junctions.

Vertigans, Stephen


Stephen Vertigans


Explanations for the development of groups associated with terrorism generally and 'Islamic' terrorism, in particular, tend to concentrate upon materialism and forms of brainwashing. Despite considerable evidence to the contrary, the uneducated poor and unemployed graduates are most commonly profiled as Muslim terrorists. To address the over-reliance on economic factors and weak personalities, a broader approach is adopted that examines political opportunities, socialising processes and historical and contemporary experiences. It is argued that if 'Islamic' terrorism is to be fully understood and ultimately defeated, then it has to be acknowledged as a multi-faceted phenomenon that is caused by varying combinations of economic, political, social, cultural and psychological factors.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 7, 2007
Journal Policing
Print ISSN 1752-4512
Electronic ISSN 1752-4520
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 4
Pages 447-459
Institution Citation VERTIGANS, S. 2007. Routes into Islamic' terrorism: dead ends and spaghetti junctions. Policing [online], 1(4), pages 447-459. Available from:
Keywords Al-Qaida; Islam; Materialism; Repression; Socialisation; Terrorism


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