Examining the Role of Religion in Radicalization to Violent Islamist Extremism

Anne Aly, Jason-Leigh Striegher

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In this article, the authors apply the four-phase radicalization model proposed by Silberand Bhatt1 to a case study of Australia's first convicted terrorist, Jack Roche, basedon communication with Roche after his incarceration and on a qualitative analysis ofhis trial. In doing so, they examine the validity of the four-phase model to a case of'home grown' terrorism and dissect the role of religion in the radicalization process.To conclude, the authors find that religion plays a far lesser role in radicalizationtoward violent extremism than the policy response contends and this has implicationsfor counterterrorism programs that aim to address the drivers of violent extremism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)849-862
Number of pages14
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


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