Religious conservatism doesn’t make a terrorist

by Z Fareen Parvez (2017)

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In her comments in the aftermath of last weekend’s attacks in London, Theresa May suggested a new direction in the struggle against terrorism. Insisting that “things need to change”, she pointed to the problems of “segregated, separated communities” and “too much tolerance of Islamist extremism”.

It is not clear from her comments exactly what sorts of changes are implied or to be expected, beyond greater control of the internet and increased jail sentences for terrorism-related crimes. But her comments clearly emphasised the need to defeat what she called “the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism”.


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