Causes of radicalisation: Theological arguments as the ultimate trigger

Zuleyha Keskin, Fatih Tuncer

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Abstract

Violent extremism is not a new or simple phenomenon. It brings into play a wide range of factors and motivators that contribute to the radicalisation of an individual. While there are social, political, emotional and psychological causes, Muslim radicals have a further underlying driving force for their actions: religious justification for their violent actions. Thus, it becomes apparent that the ultimate trigger for violent extremism is a distorted theological narrative. After all, individuals or groups would not undertake such violent actions unless they believed it to be in line with their religion. Such distorted theological arguments have an extremely destructive effect, since religious texts are cited to support atrocities committed in the name of religion. While addressing the social, political, emotional and psychological causes of radicalism will have a positive effect, they fall short of fully addressing radicalism unless a theological counter-narrative is provided.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContesting the theological foundations of Islamism and violent extremism
EditorsFethi Mansouri, Zuleyha Keskin
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter2
Pages15-34
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783030027193
ISBN (Print)9783030027186
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2019

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Keskin, Z., & Tuncer, F. (2019). Causes of radicalisation: Theological arguments as the ultimate trigger. In F. Mansouri, & Z. Keskin (Eds.), Contesting the theological foundations of Islamism and violent extremism (pp. 15-34). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02719-3_2
Keskin, Zuleyha ; Tuncer, Fatih. / Causes of radicalisation : Theological arguments as the ultimate trigger. Contesting the theological foundations of Islamism and violent extremism. editor / Fethi Mansouri ; Zuleyha Keskin. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. pp. 15-34
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Keskin, Z & Tuncer, F 2019, Causes of radicalisation: Theological arguments as the ultimate trigger. in F Mansouri & Z Keskin (eds), Contesting the theological foundations of Islamism and violent extremism. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 15-34. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02719-3_2

Causes of radicalisation : Theological arguments as the ultimate trigger. / Keskin, Zuleyha; Tuncer, Fatih.

Contesting the theological foundations of Islamism and violent extremism. ed. / Fethi Mansouri; Zuleyha Keskin. Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. p. 15-34.

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Keskin Z, Tuncer F. Causes of radicalisation: Theological arguments as the ultimate trigger. In Mansouri F, Keskin Z, editors, Contesting the theological foundations of Islamism and violent extremism. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. 2019. p. 15-34 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02719-3_2