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Farhad Khosrokhavar

Farhad Khosrokhavar is a Professor at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences at the EHESS in Paris. He is an expert on contemporary Iran and Islam in France. Khosrokhavar is the author of multiple works translated into 10 different languages, which include Suicide Bombers: Allah's New Martyrs (Pluto Press), Inside Jihadism: Understanding Jihadi Movements Worldwide (Routledge) and Radicalization (The New Press). He has taught and lectured at various universities throughout the United States including prodigious schools such as Yale University and Harvard University. 


Radicalization: Why Some People Choose the Path of Violence

The New Press, 2017
Translated from the French by Jane Marie Todd

From the minds of Islamic radicals in French prisons to the role of the Internet in the global jihad, a stunning inquiry into the sources of terrorist violence

In the wake of the Paris, San Bernadino, and Brussels terrorist attacks, fears over "homegrown terrorism," have surfaced to an unprecedented degree- especially following the alarming news, which unveiled that the majority of the perpetrators in the Paris attack were European citizens.  A sought-after commentator in France and a widely respected international scholar of radical Islam, Farhad Khosrokhavar has spent years studying the paths that lead toward radicalization, focusing particularly on the key role of prisons as incubators of a particular brand of outrage that has yielded so many attacks over the past decade.

Khosrokhavar argues the root of the radicalization problem is not a particular ideology but rather a set of steps that young men and women follow, steps he distills clearly in this deeply researched account. With insights that apply equally to far-right terrorists and Islamic radicals, Khosrokhavar argues that our security-focused solutions are pruning the branches rather than attacking the roots—which lie in the breakdown of social institutions, the expansion of prisons, and the rise of joblessness, creating disaffected communities with a sharp sense of grievance against the mainstream.


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