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PostWho is Attracted to Salafism--and Why (Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, USA, 06/20/16 5:27 am)
Given the recent tragedy in Orlando, I wanted to share a Huffington Post article I published today in hope to provide some meaningful insights on how to address the radicalization problem globally. This article (and my forthcoming book) are based on 50 rare and exclusive interviews with extremist disciples.
I look forward to your comments and/or questions.
JE comments: So glad to hear from Amra Sabic-El-Rayess--and congrats, Amra, on the HuffPost piece! Amra gives us rare insight into the growth of Salafism. Radicalization is attractive to disenfranchised Muslims because of the methods used. A "heart-to-heart pedagogy" (Amra's phrasing) can be irresistible to a population that often lacks mentors and opportunity.
I am struck by the similarities here with the growth of Christian fundamentalism in places like Latin America. The Jehovah's Witnesses, Adventists, and the like are the ones who go door-to-door in the poorest neighborhoods. Granted, there is one huge difference: these groups don't preach violence.
Could you give us a "sneak preview" of your upcoming book, Amra?