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Foreign Fighters and the Radicalization of Local Jihad: Interview Evidence from Swedish Jihadists
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Global Studies.
2015 (English)In: Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, ISSN 1057-610X, E-ISSN 1521-0731, Vol. 38, no 5, 343-358 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Modern jihadism has experienced two distinct crises. The present study analyzes recent developments in jihadism, which can be seen in connection with efforts to solve the latest recruitment crisis of global jihad, and is based on comparative interviews with eight Swedish jihadists defined as foreign fighters. The study identifies three new trends evident in the interviews comparing jihadists active in Syria with those who fought in Afghanistan and Bosnia: socialization to global jihad, normalization of jihad, and an increasing use of the doctrine of takfir (i.e., ex-communication). This can be described as indicating the radicalization of local jihad, as the territorially based jihad, championed by Abdullah Azzam, and the global jihad of Osama bin Laden meet in the territorial realities of Syria and Iraq.

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2015. Vol. 38, no 5, 343-358 p.
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-26554DOI: 10.1080/1057610X.2015.1005459ISI: 000353194200003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84988253945OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-26554DiVA: diva2:811594
Available from: 2015-05-12 Created: 2015-05-12 Last updated: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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