Paris through the eyes of IS supporters

  The attacks in Paris have led to huge debates about the perpetrators and their backgrounds, the strategies of the Islamic State, security policies in Europe, the role of Islam in the West, the possible risks of refugees and the most effective measures to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Less …

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The struggle for justice of Dutch young Muslims in Syria

“I am powerless. (...) Please do something. Do not forsake me and all the other mothers”. 18-year-old Robin converted to Islam one and a half years ago. In November he and his friend left their homes departing for Syria to take part in the armed conflict against Bashar al-Assad. Robin’s mother, Joland, is crying out for …

Securitizing Religious Violence: the Cases of Mali and Syria – Part Two

Suzanne Klein Schaarsberg continues her exploration of the securitization of religion in the conflicts in Mali and Syria. In Part One of this post, I discussed securitization as the tool that enables competing conceptions of the threat posed by Al Qaeda to exist in the worldviews of the same actors. In Part Two, I want …

Securitizing Religious Violence: the Cases of Mali and Syria – Part One

Yesterday French President Francois Hollande announced that French troops will begin withdrawing from Mali in April, instead of March, as originally planned. Suzanne Klein Schaarsberg explores how religion, particularly religious violence, has been labelled as a threat in the political rhetoric surrounding Mali... but not Syria. A common assumption in public discourse and in academic …