Why Do People Join ISIS???






The vast majority of people who join ISIS are recruited by family and friends and radicalisation hardly ever occurs in a mosque environment, a leading Oxford University academic has said.

Speaking on a panel hosted by the UN in New York, Scott Atran revealed that research shows three quarters of those who join ISIS as foreign fighters were encouraged to do so by friends and peers.

A further 20 per cent were recruited to Isis by family members, the expert said.

In the wake of the Paris attacks almost two weeks ago, there have been widespread calls for Muslim communities to do more to denounce extremism in structured settings.

Yet according to Mr Atran, who cofounded the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Oxford University, research has shown "radicalisation rarely occurs in mosques" and certainly not through anonymous recruiters and strangers.

An American and French anthropologist, Mr Atran said Isis offered the same kind of "revolutionary pull" as had occurred during the French Revolution, the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, and the rise of Nazi Germany.






Far from just being a problem of radicalisation in mosques, Mr Atran said, a significant number of Isis recruits actually come from Christian families - "and they happen to be the fiercest of all the fighters we find".

Mr Atran told a meeting on "Foreign Terrorist Fighters" organised by the UN Security Council's counter-terrorism committee that "it is the call to glory and adventure that moves these young people to join the Islamic State" and that "jihad offers them a way to become heroes".


Highlights


• A vast majority of people who join Isis are recruited by family and friends.

• Their radicalisation hardly ever occurs in a mosque environment.

• A significant number of Isis recruits actually come from Christian families. 






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