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Shiv Malik gives us a well-chronicled background to the motivations that may have lay behind the 7/7 bombings. He is less good at adding to our understanding of why one or two individuals follow a certain trajectory, as opposed to the many others in similar circumstances who do not.

Malik tells us that Mohammad Sidique Khan, a young and relatively unremarkable second-generation migrant, had issues with identity and family, and took refuge in religion. This led him to embrace fundamentalist Wahhabism, and ultimately resulted in his signing up to al Qaeda and becoming the ringleader of the 7/7 bombers. This…

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