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Why European Muslims turn to jihad

Many of the European Muslims who turn to jihad are motivated less by religion than by the desire to escape a divided identity

Islamists protest in London, November 2013. © Peter Marshall/Demotix

Eurojihad: Patterns of Islamist Radicalisation and Terrorism in Europe by Angel Rabasa and Cheryl Benard (Cambridge University Press, £21.99)

At the mosque recently an old friend took me aside. A teacher in a north London college, he had just found out that an ex-student of his was fighting with Islamic State (IS). He told me he had taught a teenage Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary computer science for a year. Abdel Bary, who grew up…

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