The role of Islamist ideology in shaping Muslims believers’ attitudes toward terrorism: Evidence from Europe

Clara Egger*, Raùl Magni-Berton

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Abstract

This article investigates the role religious beliefs play in leading European Muslims to justify terrorism, using survey data collected in twenty-one countries. Results show that the factors leading Muslims to justify terrorism contextually vary. Where Muslims are predominant, this probability decreases with the importance respondents assign to religion, while it increases where Muslims are a minority. We find no evidence in support of the thesis that Islamist propaganda causes ordinary believers’ radicalization. Yet, in Western countries affected by homegrown terrorism, we observe that justifying terrorism is strongly associated with an increase in religious practice, providing support to the thesis that Islamist groups are attracting Islam radical individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-604
Number of pages24
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Volume44
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Tomas Precht, Home Grown Terrorism and Islamist Radicalisation in Europe (Copenhagen: Research report funded by the Danish Ministy of Justice, 2007), 54.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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