Transnational Islamist Networks: Western Fighters in Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria

Western Muslims have joined jihadi groups in Afghanistan/Pakistan, Somalia and Syria to defend Islam from its perceived enemies. Transnational Islamist networks have played a pivotal role in bringing them to conflict zones by fulfilling three functions: radicalisation through mosques, radical preachers, and the Internet; recruitment which can be conducted either physically or digitally; and identity formation that provides the radicalised recruits with a larger cause to fight for as members of an imagined global community. Transnational Islamist networks are multifunctional entities on the rise.

Keywords: Islamist networks, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria

Dati bibliografici: 
p. 119-134
Numero: 
48/4
ISBN/ISSN/DOI: 
10.1080/03932729.2013.847696
Data pubblicazione: 
15/12/2013

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