Accession Number : ADA501488


Title :   De-Radicalization of Muslim Communities in the UK


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Mushtaq, Rehan


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA501488


Report Date : 01 JUN 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 131


Abstract : This study examines why and how Islamists' message of radicalization spread like a social contagion among UK Muslim communities during the 1990s. The thesis hypothesizes that a small number of Islamists, with smartly contextualized ideas, given a receptive environment, can spread their influence rapidly. Borrowing from Social Movement Theory and other works, this thesis elaborates how, through word-of-mouth and interpersonal communications, a relatively small number of people can successfully initiate a social epidemic of religious extremism. By following simple rules of marketing, Islamists made their message stickier. To counter radicalization, the study suggests a paradigm shift: instead of countering the Islamists on theological grounds, reinvigoration of "family" is proposed as an all-in-one counter-radicalization tool that would remove social strains, hamper Islamists' mobilization mechanisms, and trump their teaching of propagating message based on cultivated familiarity.


Descriptors :   *INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS , *EDUCATION , *COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS , MESSAGE PROCESSING , UNITED KINGDOM , MOBILIZATION , PROPAGATION , THESES


Subject Categories : GOVERNMENT AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
      HUMANITIES AND HISTORY
      RADIO COMMUNICATIONS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE