Half of Prominent Jihadis Tied to “Non-Violent” Islamism, New Study Shows

Half of the prominent jihadists profiled in a new study by The Centre on Religion & Geopolitics had ties to supposedly non-violent Islamists prior to joining terrorist organizations.

The study’s authors – Mubaraz Ahmed, Milo Comerford, and Emman El-Badawy – explore pathways to militancy among 100 prominent figures within the wider Salafi-Jihadi movement. The individuals examined derive from the Middle East and Africa, across multiple generations. Some of the findings suggest that membership or ties to non-violent Islamist organizations can be associated with an individual’s trajectory towards violence and terrorism.

51 percent of the terrorists under study were previously connected to Islamist groups that claim to be non-violent, including “bodies that are not necessarily political activist organizations but form a functioning arm of existing Islamist groups, such as youth wings, student associations, and other societies.” Since membership in Islamist groups is often secretive and sometimes prohibited in various Middle Eastern countries, the authors acknowledge that the proportion of jihadists with Islamist affiliations are likely higher.

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    “Non-violent Islamism”? Hmm, sounds as commonplace to me as “bureaucratic efficiency” or “deficit spending”, two other great oxymorons of our age.

    And exactly how do we, the people, distinguish between the so-called peaceful Muslims and the non-peaceful Muslims/Jihadis?

    Yeah, the world is a quite upside down place nowadays. *sigh*

  • Shebel

    Coulda fooled me.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      Steve Emerson is an excellent author and researcher and has produced a lot of good work over the years.

      Reference: http://www.steveemerson.com (lots more on the Internet)

  • Shebel

    I must be drinking to much and too long.
    “Prominent Jihadis tied to Non-Violent Islamists “.

    Are you fucking kidding me? This took research and study and probably money.
    To come to such an obvious conclusion.
    You must really think that we are gullible AND stupid.

    How much were you paid and by whom ?–Steve Emerson.

  • Shebel

    It is bullshit like this , Mr Emerson, and the usual crap from the CBC that CREATES so-called- Islamophobia.

    Are you too stupid to comprehend this ?

    If you were a REAL journalist– you would have the ‘balls’ to explain to me that I am an idiot for being pissed off at your lack of Journalistic Integrity.