Islam criticism in a hand-to-hand fight

By Kacem El Ghazzali

The failure of most terrorism analyses, especially in the West, which has been stricken by radical Islamic terrorism in recent years, is that they try to read the phenomenon of Islamic violence usually in isolation.

An analytical approach that is often very popular in the political left wing, for example, is to see Islamist terror as the result of social injustice, poverty, and illiteracy. However, a closer look at the level of education and economic status of many people who have joined the Islamic state reveals a different picture:

According to a World Bank report from 2016, many IS terrorists have a good education and a good level of prosperity. 69 percent have at least a secondary school education and a large proportion were even enrolled at universities, while the proportion of illiterate students was only 2 percent.

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