We are seeing not “the radicalisation of Islam but the Islamisation of radicalism”by Sameer Rahim / April 12, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in May 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
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 fellow French academic Gilles Kepel, Roy doesn’t think terrorists are continuing the violence of the anti-colonial struggle. Anti-Muslim prejudice is not a significant factor either, since radicals also think Muslims have no place in the west.