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Why are there so many engineers among Islamic radicals?

Gambetta, Diego and Hertog, Steffen (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)
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2010 16:56
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 04:19

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