Al-Qaeda: radical Islamic terrorism

Mayirou, Rita A. (2010) Al-Qaeda: radical Islamic terrorism. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    It is clear that no part of the world is immune to terrorist activities. Terrorism, radicalization, recruitment, terrorist attacks and organisations, were terms unknown, incurious and struck very distant in the past for Western countries. Terrorism seemed to be a phenomenon that monopolized the countries of Middle East mainly, or South Africa under Apartheid. Nevertheless, after the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers in New York, this phenomenon seems that it can strike the door of every country. The terrorist organisations are not only a concern of countries such as Israel, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. It is a concern of our neighbouring country and ours. Terrorist organisations, like Al-Qaeda have been spread worldwide and became the terror of all people regardless of their race and religion, since in the altar of ideology and belief the victims mostly are ordinary and innocent citizens. The person travelling next to you in the bus or in the airplane or even walks along with you in the street can be a terrorist or a candidate terrorist. Drawing upon a systematic survey of the relevant literature this dissertation examines how the phenomenon of terrorism began, and focuses on the terrorist organisation of Al-Qaeda, since most people connects this organisation with terrorism and its leader Osama bin Laden. Who can be tomorrow's terrorist, and what motivates a terrorist are other aspects that this dissertation will examine. The conclusions of this dissertation support that the motives given in order to turn somebody into terrorism are very calculated. Al-Qaeda has managed with its ideology to support and promote the recruitment of new members for the achievement of its objectives. Radicalisation and recruitment processes of young candidate terrorists are a well-calculated plan - that needs to be countered.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/878

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