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Islamist Terrorism in EuropeA History$
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Petter Nesser

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190264024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190264024.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Islamist Terrorism in Europe

Petter Nesser

Oxford University Press

The chapter theorizes the inner life of terrorist cells, and presents a new model for interpreting data on radicalization and recruitment. It distinguishes between four ideal-type terrorists: the entrepreneur, the protégé, the misfit and the drifter, who join militancy differently. The chapter highlights the role of ideologically motivated entrepreneurs in building terrorist cells on behalf of armed jihadis in conflict zones. Entrepreneurs bring structure and organization to the disaffected majority of misfits and drifters, turning them into tools for groups such as al-Qaida and IS. This dynamic makes the threat more organized and transnational than is commonly assumed.

Keywords:   Radicalization, Recruitment, Entrepreneur, Terrorist cell

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