De-coding neo-jihadism: The ideological and psychological implications of Islamised radicalism

Sureyya Cicek

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The current jihad movement – “neo-jihadism” – seems to be
more a product of modern conditions than Islamic traditions. This
article focusses on the ideological and psychological factors to argue
three points as to why the jihad concept has changed over time and
adopted a military endeavour. First, the article discusses the ideological
challenges – internal and external factors that contribute to this shift of
conception. Second, the article explores the psychological factors that
impact this shift of conception. It approaches the discourse around the
definition of terrorism and its implications then looks at the aims for
intervention. It also discusses the phases, stages and steps terrorism
follows. Third, the article argues the issue of radicalisation needs to be
tackled holistically to identify, apprehend and tackle the root cause of
this phenomenon. Gülen’s holistic education approach, which is aimed
at strengthening Muslims’ immune system (particularly the battle for
youth hearts and minds), is needed to defeat the extremists in the
battlefield of ideas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-108
Number of pages29
JournalAustralian Journal of Islamic Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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