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Why are there so many engineers among Islamic radicals?

Gambetta, Diego and Hertog, Steffen ORCID: 0000-0002-6758-9564 (2009) Why are there so many engineers among Islamic radicals? European Journal of Sociology, 50 (2). pp. 201-230. ISSN 0003-9756

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0003975609990129


This article demonstrates that among violent Islamists engineers with a degree, individuals with an engineering education are three to four times more frequent than we would expect given the share of engineers among university students in Islamic countries.We then test a number of hypotheses to account for this phenomenon.We argue that a combination of two factors – engineers’ relative deprivation in the Islamic world and mindset – is the most plausible explanation.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: Government
Middle East Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2010 16:56
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:47

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