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Book review: “We Love Death As You Love Life”: Britain’s Suburban Terrorists by Raffaello Pantucci

By Sameer Rahim  

(Hurst, £15.99)512WaSQa7tL

Why are some British Muslims tempted by political violence? Anyone curious should consult Raffaello Pantucci’s sober, informative and nuanced “We Love Death As You Love Life”: Britain’s Suburban Terrorists. Pantucci, who works at the Royal United Services Institute, traces the origins of radical Islamism on these shores.

Extremists in the early 1990s tended to be foreign preachers such as Abu Hamza. They brought Middle Eastern political disputes to the forefront of Muslim discourse at the same time as a singular British Muslim identity was being formed in the cauldron of the…

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