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Dangerous ideas: the force of ideology and personality in driving radicalization

Hertog, Steffen ORCID: 0000-0002-6758-9564 (2019) Dangerous ideas: the force of ideology and personality in driving radicalization. Critical Review, 31 (1). pp. 95-101. ISSN 0891-3811

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Identification Number: 10.1080/08913811.2019.1596379


Graeme Wood’s The Way of the Strangers gets as close as is humanly possible to an ethnography of recruiters and sympathizers of the Islamic State. Contrary to much writing on radical Islamism, Wood convincingly shows that the Islamic State’s ideas—rooted in a literalist reading of ancient Islamic sources—are central in motivating many of the movement’s followers. His accounts of individual adherents also suggests, however, that ideas are not the only factor, as certain personality traits influence who is attracted to radical Islamist movements.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ©2019 Critical Review Foundation
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 23 May 2019 10:33
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:39

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