Terror stalks the Academy: why does the study of terrorism often deny religious motivation?

To empathise with Islamism and provide it with a justification for its hyper-megalomaniacal violence is delusional

Henry Kissinger observed that academic politics are so vicious because the stakes are so low. The politics remain vicious, but as continuing revelations of the campus activity of Islamists in the UK and elsewhere suggest, the stakes are now considerably higher than the good Doctor opined.

As campuses gear up for a new term, it might be worth asking why is it that university administrators and the academic study of terrorism has, too often, denied the importance of religion – a or more accurately religious ideology – in the recruitment to transnational networks like al-Qaeda and Islamic State and even welcomes former Guantanamo internees like Moazzem Begg to lecture students in ‘safe spaces’ ?

  • Achmed

    Terrorism is only a response to western colonialism and zionism and has nothing to do with religion at all. After all Islam is The Religion of Peace.

    If the Crusades hadn’t driven the rightful rulers out of Andalusia, Northern Africa, Eastern Europe, and broken up the Caliphate in Western Asia and the Middle East there wouldn’t be the rightful backlash that is now being mislabeled as terrorism.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Achmed, you’re hilarious, delusional, stupid, ignorant, brainwashed, ill-informed as well as full of shit.

    • mobuyus

      I will no longer use the word terrorism, from now on I shall just call it islam.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Many universities eagerly pocket significant endowments from Saudi Arabians and other Gulf potentates and are loathe to disrupt their cash flow.

  • Alain

    Universities have been transformed into “safe space” for totalitarian fascists.