This essay tries to comprehend the logic behind Islamic faith-based radicalism. I will focus on the logics of action and mobilisation of the violent Islamist groups or Jihad-movements. This essay aims at (a) fi nding a framework of analysis that can inform thoughtful and in-depth knowledge of the phenomenon of Islamist violence.
This framework sets out from a dialogical epistemological stance that tries to encompass the superfi cial differences between an ‘Us’ and ‘Them’, between the ‘here’ and ‘there’, or between the ‘East’ (Islam) and the ‘West’. Furthermore,
this essay aims to (b) decipher the logic behind the action of Jihad-militants by using general social scientifi c theories and methodologies, thus countering and debunking Orientalist knowledge on the subject.
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