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What the jihadists who bought “Islam for Dummies” on Amazon tell us about radicalisation

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 at 13:51 by John Sinteur in category: batshitinsane -- Write a comment

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Can you guess which books the wannabe jihadists Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed ordered online from Amazon before they set out from Birmingham to fight in Syria last May? A copy of Milestones by the Egyptian Islamist Sayyid Qutb? No. How about Messages to the World: the Statements of Osama Bin Laden? Guess again. Wait, The Anarchist Cookbook, right? Wrong.

Sarwar and Ahmed, both of whom pleaded guilty to terrorism offences last month, purchased Islam for Dummies and The Koran for Dummies. You could not ask for better evidence to bolster the argument that the 1,400-year-old Islamic faith has little to do with the modern jihadist movement. The swivel-eyed young men who take sadistic pleasure in bombings and beheadings may try to justify their violence with recourse to religious rhetoric – think the killers of Lee Rigby screaming “Allahu Akbar” at their trial; think of Islamic State beheading the photojournalist James Foley as part of its “holy war” – but religious fervour isn’t what motivates most of them.

In 2008, a classified briefing note on radicalisation, prepared by MI5’s behavioural science unit, was leaked to the Guardian. It revealed that, “far from being religious zealots, a large number of those involved in terrorism do not practise their faith regularly. Many lack religious literacy and could . . . be regarded as religious novices.” The analysts concluded that “a well-established religious identity actually protects against violent radicalisation”, the newspaper said.

  1. We all know that most Muslims are just innocent lambs caught in an evil world controlled by the Great Satan.
    But now we have proof that all of the Islamic Jihadists are really just English football hooligans on holiday.
    So naturally we can blame all of the death and violence in the Muslim world on the English (and by extension the US and the rest of Dar al-Harb.)

  2. In retrospect, I’d say the Crusades _were_ a bit of a mistake.

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