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Jihadi terrorism and the radicalisation challenge: European and American experiences

Rik Coolsaet UGent (2011)
abstract
Osama bin Laden’s demise in May 2011 marked only the symbolic end of an era. By the time of his killing, he no longer represented the Robin Hood icon that once stirred global fascination. Ten years after the 11 September 2001 attacks, jihadi terrorism has largely lost its juggernaut luster. It now mostly resembles a patchwork of self-radicalising local groups with international contacts but without any central organisational design - akin to the radical left terrorism of the 1970s and the anarchist fin-de-siècle terrorism. This volume addresses two issues that remain largely unexplored in contemporary terrorism studies. It rehabilitates the historical and comparative analysis as a way to grasp the essence of terrorism, including its jihadi strand. Crucial similarities with earlier forms of radicalisation and terrorism abound and differences appear generally not fundamental. Likewise, the very concept of radicalisation is seldom questioned anymore. Nevertheless it often lacks conceptual clarity and empirical validation. Once considered a quintessential European phenomenon, the United States too experiences how some of its own citizens radicalise into terrorist violence. This collective work compares radicalisation in both continents and the strategies aimed at de-radicalisation. But it also assesses if the concept merits its reputation as the holy grail of terrorism studies.
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editor
UGent
organization
year
type
bookEditor
publication status
published
subject
keyword
radicalisation, Jihadism, Terrorism, al Qaeda
edition
2
pages
340 pages
publisher
Ashgate
place of publication
Farnham, UK
ISBN
9781409425694
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
B3
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
VABB id
c:vabb:338917
VABB type
VABB-3
id
2093059
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2093059
date created
2012-04-23 18:58:35
date last changed
2017-01-02 09:53:58
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  abstract     = {Osama bin Laden{\textquoteright}s demise in May 2011 marked only the symbolic end of an era. By the time of his killing, he no longer represented the Robin Hood icon that once stirred global fascination. Ten years after the 11 September 2001 attacks, jihadi terrorism has largely lost its juggernaut luster. It now mostly resembles a patchwork of self-radicalising local groups with international contacts but without any central organisational design - akin to the radical left terrorism of the 1970s and the anarchist fin-de-si{\`e}cle terrorism. This volume addresses two issues that remain largely unexplored in contemporary terrorism studies. It rehabilitates the historical and comparative analysis as a way to grasp the essence of terrorism, including its jihadi strand. Crucial similarities with earlier forms of radicalisation and terrorism abound and differences appear generally not fundamental. Likewise, the very concept of radicalisation is seldom questioned anymore. Nevertheless it often lacks conceptual clarity and empirical validation.  Once considered a quintessential European phenomenon, the United States too experiences how some of its own citizens radicalise into terrorist violence.  This collective work compares radicalisation in both continents and the strategies aimed at de-radicalisation. But it also assesses if the concept merits its reputation as the holy grail of terrorism studies.},
  editor       = {Coolsaet, Rik},
  isbn         = {9781409425694},
  keyword      = {radicalisation,Jihadism,Terrorism,al Qaeda},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {340},
  publisher    = {Ashgate},
  title        = {Jihadi terrorism and the radicalisation challenge: European and American experiences},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Coolsaet, Rik, ed. 2011. “Jihadi Terrorism and the Radicalisation Challenge: European and American Experiences”. Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
APA
Coolsaet, R. (Ed.). (2011). Jihadi terrorism and the radicalisation challenge: European and American experiences. Farnham, UK: Ashgate.
Vancouver
1.
Coolsaet R, editor. Jihadi terrorism and the radicalisation challenge: European and American experiences. 2nd ed. Farnham, UK: Ashgate; 2011.
MLA
Coolsaet, Rik, ed. “Jihadi Terrorism and the Radicalisation Challenge: European and American Experiences.” 2011 : n. pag. Print.