- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: November 2017
- Print publication year: 2017
- Online ISBN: 9781108241700
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108241700
Deadly Clerics explains why some Muslim clerics adopt the ideology of militant jihadism while most do not. The book explores multiple pathways of cleric radicalization and shows that the interplay of academic, religious, and political institutions has influenced the rise of modern jihadism through a mechanism of blocked ambition. As long as clerics' academic ambitions remain attainable, they are unlikely to espouse violent jihad. Clerics who are forced out of academia are more likely to turn to jihad for two reasons: jihadist ideas are attractive to those who see the system as turning against them, and preaching a jihad ideology can help these outsider clerics attract supporters and funds. The book draws on evidence from various sources, including large-scale statistical analysis of texts and network data obtained from the Internet, case studies of clerics' lives, and ethnographic participant observations at sites in Cairo, Egypt.
Ron E. Hassner - author of Religion on the Battlefield
Melani Cammett - Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs, Harvard University, Massachusetts
Malika Zeghal - Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life, Harvard University, Massachusetts
Amaney Jamal - Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Princeton University, New Jersey
Lisa Blaydes - Stanford University, California
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