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Books in brief: Jihad and Death by Olivier Roy

We are seeing not “the radicalisation of Islam but the Islamisation of radicalism”

By Sameer Rahim   May 2017

Jihad and Death: The Global Appeal of Islamic State, by Olivier Roy (Hurst, £15.99)

Olivier Roy is one of the most interestingly provocative thinkers on modern jihadism. In this excellent short book, the French academic reiterates his argument that we are seeing not “the radicalisation of Islam but the Islamisation of radicalism.” Examining the profiles of more than 100 European jihadis, he finds a common thread is their isolation from traditional Islam. Radicalisation happens in prisons and gyms, rarely mosques. The ringleaders of the Paris attacks ran a bar. In contrast to his…

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