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? Understanding
such a phenomenon is a necessary (but not sufficient) condition for crafting a strategy to cope with the murderous violence of September 11, 2001.
This GLOBAL POLICY BRIEF explores these 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, faced with poor prospects
- Increasing poverty and collapsing cities
- Failures of government