'We Love Death as You Love Life : Britain's Suburban Terrorists

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As Mohammed Siddique Khan led his group of fellow-believers into London on the morning of July 7, 2005 it is unlikely that they were thinking much beyond the immediate impact of their actions. Driven by anger at the West's treatment of Muslims worldwide, ideas fed to them by foreign extremists, and a sense of extreme rejection of the society in which they were born, they sought to reshape the world in an image they thought would be pleasing to God. But while they felt they were on a holy mission -- as enunciated in Khan's chilling video message, 'We Love Death As You Love Life' -- a far more earthly arc of history underlay their actions. This book offers an insight into the motivations behind Khan and his group, as well as the hundreds of young British Muslims who have been drawn by jihadist ideas to fight on battlefields at home and abroad.Starting with the arrival of immigrant communities to the UK and the establishment of diaspora communities with strong ethnic connections to the Middle East and South Asia, to the arrival of jihadist warriors fresh from the anti-Soviet war Afghanistan, this book looks at the history that came before Mohammed Siddique Khan and places his action within its larger context. Based on research conducted while the author was working as an academic in London, this book offers the first comprehensive history of jihadist ideas and violence in the United Kingdom. ...

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    Author: By (author)  Raffaello Pantucci
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
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    'Pantucci's description of the jihadi plots that have been hatched in the UK concentrates on the question of what causes radicalisation in the first place. With the usual caveat that no single explanation seems adequate, he offers the analogy of a fruit machine. A jihadist recruiter looking for a new volunteer hits the jackpot when three drivers-- ideology, grievance and mobilisation-- all come together at the same time.' * Owen Bennett-Jones, London Review of Books * 'The most articulate and carefully researched account of Britain's 'suburban terrorists' to date. ... [Pantucci] covers a sweeping, underexplored arc of British cultural history, from early waves of migration from the 1950s to 1970s to the flourishing of extremist movements across the UK and the terrorist......

    More Product Information 2: About Raffaello Pantucci
    Raffaello Pantucci is Director, International Security Studies, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI). He has worked on questions around terrorism and radicalisation in London and Washington, and has been published widely in both the media and the academic and specialist press. This is his first book. ...