- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: October 2018
- Print publication year: 2018
- Online ISBN: 9781108557108
Drawing on extensive field research with activists on the streets of London, Michael Kenney provides the first ethnographic study of a European network implicated in terrorist attacks and sending fighters to the Islamic State. For over twenty years, al-Muhajiroun (Arabic for 'the Emigrants') strived to create an Islamic state in Britain through high-risk activism. A number of Emigrants engaged in violence, while others joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Kenney explains why young Britons joined the Emigrants, how they radicalized and adapted their activism, and why many of them eventually left. Through an innovative mix of ethnography and network analysis, Kenney explains the structure and processes behind this outlawed network and explores its remarkable resilience. What emerges is a complex, nuanced portrait that demystifies the Emigrants while challenging conventional wisdom on radicalization and countering violent extremism.
David Rapoport - Professor Emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles, and Founding and Chief Editor of Terrorism and Political Violence
Martha Crenshaw - Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University, California
Clark McCauley - Research Professor of Psychology, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
Marc Sageman - author of Turning to Political Violence
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