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Why they join: pathways into Indonesian jihadi organisations

Chernov-Hwang, Julie and Schulze, Kirsten E. (2018) Why they join: pathways into Indonesian jihadi organisations. Terrorism and Political Violence, 30 (6). pp. 911-932. ISSN 0954-6553

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09546553.2018.1481309


Why do Indonesian Muslims join Islamist extremist groups? This article explores four pathways to entry into Indonesian militant groups: study groups, local conflict, kinship and schools. It argues that within all four of these pathways, social bonds and relationships are the common thread both in encouraging entry as well as in fostering commitment. Specifically, these relationships contribute to the formation and eventual consolidation of the identity as a member of the jihadi group through regular participation in activities, attending meetings, narrowing the circle of friends to those within the group, and participating in increasingly risky and possibly violent activities together. Drawing on original fieldwork including 49 interviews with current and former members of Jemaah Islamiyah, Mujahidin KOMPAK, Darul Islam, Mujahidin Tanah Runtuh, Indonesia’s pro-ISIS network and other jihadist groups as well as 57 depositions and court documents, this article explores the development and evolution of these pathways and how relational ties play a role in each.

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Additional Information: © 2018 Taylor and Francis
Divisions: International History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 11:18
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2024 00:21

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