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Explaining the appeal of Islamic radicals

  • Author(s): Richards, Alan
  • et al.

Why do “Islamic radicals”—including the partisans of al-Qaeda and other followers of Osama bin Laden--enjoy so much sympathy in the Middle East and the wider Muslim world?

This Global Policy Brief explores four socioeconomic roots of Islamic radicalism:

- The multidimensional crisis of the Muslim world

- The rage of the young, a majority of the population in the Middle East, are faced with poor livelihood prospects

- Increasing poverty and collapsing cities

- Failures of government.

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