Who Are The New Jihadis?
Radicalisation is not a new phenomenon, neither is terrorism. Statistics worldwide each year, since the advent of Islamic terrorism, had shown that it had maimed and killed more adherents of Islam than non-Muslims. This is repeated tragically in all Muslim countries caught up the jihadi dimension. This article attempts to explain the current thinking behind the home-grown terrorism, alongside other forms of violence and radicalism very similar to those that feature generational revolt, self-destruction, a radical break with society, an aesthetic of violence, and doomsday cults. However, a differentiation needs to be made between what we understand as the Islamisation of radicalism to the radicalisation of Islam. Olivier Roy, a French political scientist and professor at the European University Institute in Florence, parses for us how he profiles today’s jihadis, in the light of religious fundamentalism and their total disregard for life, and innocent lives around them, through their nihilistic political violence. Their reasons for their radicalisation are similar to that of any minority group, but their trajectory seems to inure almost all of them towards violent tendencies in their death throes. Although it is ultimately their choice to go the jihadist way, apparently, their religious knowledge cannot be used as their forte, despite the claimed ‘scholastic’ theological underpinnings of organisations like ISIS.
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