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

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190907976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190907976.001.0001

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Thoroughly Modern Mujahidin

Thoroughly Modern Mujahidin

(p.62) Chapter 3 Thoroughly Modern Mujahidin
The Missing Martyrs

Charles Kurzman

Oxford University Press

The self-proclaimed Islamic State is scornful of modern values, but it is still a thoroughly modern phenomenon. Like al-Qaida, its recruits are largely modern-educated. It adopts the latest technologies for recruitment and data-driven military strategies, and it created bureaucratic institutions in the territories under its control. These characteristics set it apart from the Taliban, whose militants have little modern education. Yet another set of Islamic revolutionaries are nationalist groups such as Hamas and Hizbullah that seek to build modern nation-states. Tensions among these groups form potential fissures that continually concern the terrorists, and that their opponents should work to exploit.

Keywords:   terrorism, Islam, Muslims, extremism, globalism, localism, nationalism

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