Is: not mosques, but circles of friends are the recruiters

Is: not mosques but circles of friends are the recruiters

Life in the action movie. Image from IS propaganda magazine, Dabiq

The West must give up a few illusions. Otherwise he leaves the "next rough thing" Al Furqan Media and Co

Radicalization rarely happens in mosques, explains U.S. anthropologist Scott Atran, and even more rarely by strangers. Two thirds of foreign jihadists joined IS because they were encouraged to do so by friends and peers, social reference groups.

One-fifth were tripped up by family members. Some of the recruits from Christian families were sent to the "wildest fighters" the anthropologist, who studies religion and the psychology of suicide bombers, spoke from his work. It is based on conversations with members of the IS and the Nusra-Friont.

How he arrived at his numbers is not clear from the coverage of his UN-initiated talk. On top of that, to illustrate the numbers, the Independent provides an infotainment pie that blows the 100% catch.

"Pull factor like the French Revolution"

But this also fits his theme of blowing up preconceived catches. Numbers confirm the failure of. Atran uses the very crude example to demonstrate this: The attacks on 11.09.2001 have cost al-Qaida about half a million dollars, in the USA between 4 and 5 trillion dollars have since been spent on the security response" invested and one is "worse off than before". This is a bit banal for a scientist.

Is: not mosques, but circles of friends are the recruiters

Mujahideen in the dreamland

However, Atran’s lecture was probably about more than exact empirical research and this is where it gets interesting. He implies two things: first, the IS phenomenon is a pull factor, which he equates to the revolutionary traction of the French Revolution in the 18th century, the Russian Revolution in the early 20th century, and the rise of Nazi Germany.

Second, according to Atran, Western counter-messages come to naught. The jihadists knew how to effectively appeal to the rebellious spirit and idealism of the youth. This, he said, was evident in the use of social media, where 15- to 24-year-olds were cleverly targeted.

In the West, no equally effective counter-concept has been developed so far, and as long as declarations such as "Brainwashing" u.a. If one is content with the attraction of the jihadist groups, there is a great danger of being on the losing side in the face of future generations.

The Salafist Revolution

It is a rather striking speech. One can be disturbed by the banality of the statements. But this may obscure the view. In France, the phenomenon of Salafism is currently being debated with a certain depth of focus. A distinction is made between quietist, jihadist, or. Takfiri currents; there are clear differences in the propensity for violence within the fundamentalist schools.

One is reminded of the image of a quietist Salafist who, after the attacks on 13. November, expressed his grief by laying a bouquet of flowers. There have been reports and accounts from circles of Salafist circles in France that have resisted sweeping judgments. That is one side.

Is: not mosques but circles of friends are the recruiters

Salafi humor. Screenshot of the website SLF-Magazine

The other came to light yesterday, when the documentary film "Les Salafistes" presented on the French TV channel iTele. Salafists from North Africa and Mali have their say. The film was made on the spot in several years of work. The statements of the Salafists, including hitherto unknown spiritual spokesmen, according to the "Maqdisi of the Sahara", are transmitted without commentary or interpretation. They also clear up illusions.

In North Africa and in the states of the Sahel, a revolutionary mood has spread among Islamists, the filmmakers and the experts leave no doubt about it.

Jihadism is a branch of Salafism, and it would be a mistake to regard it as a mere deviation that has nothing to do with Salafism, warns the French jihad expert Romain Caillet. One could not simply compare the two.

It is also important not to lose sight of the fact that for any kind of Salafist current, democracy is a haresia.

The French panel of experts also emphasized that the Salafist movement in Tunisia, for example, had long been underestimated (cf. Tunisia: "World’s largest exporter of jihadists") and showed how the new Salafi generation propagates an attractive lifestyle in line with the times, Western brands, films, trends, the latest dietary tips, and so on.a. are built into the radical ideology.

For example, as the website of a Tunisian Salafist, theSLF magazine (now taken off the net), demonstrates, new generations of radical fundamentalists are not necessarily imbued with the abstinence attitudes of the previous ones. The dry anti-terror propaganda on the Western side is as boring as a Sunday sermon from the 19th century.Century.

Life in the cinema poster. Israfil Yilmaz, who promotes his IS existence on Tumblr, QA Sessions, incl.

710 videos for the revolutionary family

The well-known French religious scholar Olivier Roy, who describes the phenomenon of radicalization with the term "revolt," also diagnoses that much of the process takes place through family, friends, and groups.

The terrorists are not an expression of a radicalization of the Muslim population, but reflect a revolt of the younger generation, which appeals to a precise category of youth

The media makers of the Islamic State have understood this even before Roy’s analysis. The media offering for these young people, supplied by the Islamic State, is extensive, as is currently the case in the caliphate.

It is safe to ame that the 710 videos that, according to the IS, were published last year, represent the 1.787 photo reports and the 14.523 images, pretty much meet what the Salafi fan groups expect from the revolutionary caliphate.

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