Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education

Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education


The violent activities of some extremists can regulate the process background, but there persists a yawning hole among the aptitude influence of those participants and what we comprehend approximately them. In Engineers of Jihad, Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog discover unforeseen evidence, which they imaginatively leverage to slim that hole: they locate disproportionate proportion of Islamist radicals come from an engineering heritage, and that Islamist and right-wing extremism have extra in universal than both does with left-wing extremism, during which engineers are absent whereas social scientists and arts scholars are favourite.

Searching for an evidence, they take on 4 normal questions on extremism: lower than which socioeconomic stipulations do humans subscribe to extremist teams? Does the profile of extremists replicate how they self-select into extremism or how teams recruit them? Does ideology subject in sorting who joins which workforce? finally, is there a attitude prone to specific sorts of extremism?

Using rigorous tools and several other new datasets, they clarify the hyperlink among academic self-discipline and kind of radicalism by way of taking a look at key components: the social mobility (or lack thereof) for engineers within the Muslim global, and a specific attitude looking order and hierarchy that's discovered extra usually between engineers. Engineers' presence in a few extremist teams and never others, the authors argue, is a proxy for person features that can account for the a lot better query of selective recruitment to radical activism.

Opening up markedly new views at the motivations of political violence, Engineers of Jihad yields unforeseen solutions in regards to the nature and emergence of extremism.

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