Die Welt wrote:An Islamic theologian has investigated how radicalization of Muslims in Europe is related to their knowledge of their own religion. The widespread view that radical Muslims know little about Islam is wrong.
According to a study, Islamic teaching plays a greater role in the radicalization of young Muslims in Europe than is often assumed. Frustration and a lack of career prospects alone are in no way a motive for the transformation from the Muslim to the Islamist, according to the study of the Islamic theologian Ednan Aslan, who was active at the University of Vienna, from which the newspaper Die Tagespost quoted on Wednesday.
The widespread opinion that radical Muslims have mostly little knowledge of their religion has not been confirmed, according to the 310-page investigation published on Tuesday. It is based on 29 biographical interviews with delinquent Muslims in Austria.
Aslan, who is a professor of Islamic Religious Education at the University of Vienna, emphasizes that the "intensive examination of theological topics" is a turning point in their lives for many respondents. His conclusion: "Regardless of their religious knowledge, a radicalized person in theology sees an offer that gives meaning and structure to their lives." It is interesting to note that the majority of the respondents came from a Muslim parental home and already knew the fundamental teachings of Islam before their radicalization.
Salafism is understood by those affected as a holistic concept that governs all areas of life. Radical milieus provide logistical support and help spread Islamic and Jihadist thought. A central role was played by certain mosques and religious authorities: "Persons with a higher theological knowledge function as authorities and play a central role in the spread of ideology," the study said.
It is important that the process of radicalization is not only the demarcation from secular Western society, but also from the majority of Muslims. "The radical groups and individuals see themselves as the only true Muslims," the investigation said.
The social environment is perceived as rotten, democracy is rejected, the West is declared the enemy of the Muslim world. The 18-month empirical study was supported by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
And here I thought the cries of "Allahu Akbar" that accompany the axing, stabbing, and blowing up infidels had nothing whatsoever to do with the most peaceful religion of all.
Checking my privilege - yep, still good
What would happen if the Sahara became socialist? - For ten years, nothing, then we'd run out of sand.