Journal Article

Routes into ‘Islamic’ Terrorism: Dead Ends and Spaghetti Junctions

Stephen Vertigans

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 1, issue 4, pages 447-459
Published in print January 2007 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online November 2007 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI:
Routes into ‘Islamic’ Terrorism: Dead Ends and Spaghetti Junctions

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Explanations for the development of groups associated with terrorism generally and ‘Islamic’ terrorism in particular, tend to concentrate upon materialism and forms of brainwashing. Despite considerable evidence to the contrary, the uneducated poor and unemployed graduates are most commonly profiled as Muslim terrorists. To address the over-reliance on economic factors and weak personalities, a broader approach is adopted that examines political opportunities, socialising processes and historical and contemporary experiences. It is argued that if ‘Islamic’ terrorism is to be fully understood and ultimately defeated, then it has to be acknowledged as a multi-faceted phenomenon that is caused by varying combinations of economic, political, social, cultural and psychological factors.

Journal Article.  6243 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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