Why Are European Muslims Joining ISIS? – Huffington Post

By Akbar Ahmed

The numbers are alarming. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner in London recently said that five British citizens are joining ISIS every week, swelling the ranks of European Muslims believed to number in the thousands.

Despite blanket coverage in the media, the question of why still remains a mystery. Most assessments focus on the role of “jihadist” ideology and “radicalization” in motivating these recruits. These tend to simplify and reduce the complex factors that affect the European Muslim communities, internally and externally. I have repeatedly and publicly condemned the heinous acts of ISIS, but, in order to defeat terrorism, it is imperative we understand the underlying factors motivating European Muslims who support it…

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