Center for Global, International and Regional Studies
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.