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The Missing MartyrsWhy There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists$
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Charles Kurzman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199766871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766871.001.0001

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Radical Sheik

Radical Sheik

(p.25) Chapter 2 Radical Sheik
The Missing Martyrs

Charles Kurzman

Oxford University Press

Yasmin, in Cairo, heard about the attacks of 9/11 and felt fleeting satisfaction at the idea of America receiving its comeuppance. Zuhra, in Islamabad, considered Bin Laden larger than life. Murat, in Istanbul, blamed America for the attacks. “How could a person in a cave in Afghanistan have planned such an attack as 9/11?” These views are evidence of “radical sheik”—a play on Tom Wolfe's phrase “radical chic,” expressions of sympathy for revolutionaries as anti-establishment heroes—without actually wanting these movements to succeed. This sort of symbolic endorsement does not translate into support for revolutionary goals or potential collaboration with terrorism.

Keywords:   terror, terrorist, terrorism, Islam, Islamic, Islamist, Muslim, radical chic, radical sheik, al-Qaida, Bin Laden

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