Category Archives: Terrorism and Extremism

How Ordinary People Talk About Terrorism

This blog was first published on the Politics blog here. Since 9/11, terrorism has become a ubiquitous and seemingly permanent feature of our everyday lives, from news and media entertainment, to security measures when we travel or visit public venues. … Continue reading

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Confessions of a terrorist sympathiser

I confess that I am a terrorist sympathiser. Of course, it is a profanity, a kind of blasphemy, to admit to such a thing, perhaps the greatest blasphemy in our society at the present time. Some may also consider that … Continue reading

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How not to tackle Islamic State

The current hysteria shown by both politicians and the mainstream media about Islamic State (IS) is so devoid of reason and factual evidence that it is difficult to know where to start in formulating a corrective. As a researcher who … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Terrorist: A Novel

In 2011, I started writing a novel about terrorism. I did so because although I had read literally hundreds of novels about terrorism, I had yet to find one which I could in all good conscience recommend to my students … Continue reading

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Lamenting the Literary Terrorist

Why have novelists so far failed to write a believable terrorist character, one that reflects actual people in the real world? Why do literary terrorists instead mostly conform to propagandistic stereotypes and widespread cultural myths? I must have read a … Continue reading

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The Big Debates in the Study of Terrorism

The study of terrorism received a massive boost following the 9/11 attacks. In the decade since then, tens of thousands of new books and articles on terrorism have been published. However, despite this massive growth in the field, there is … Continue reading

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The Subjugated Knowledge of Terrorism

In September 2011, I attended a conference entitled, ‘A Decade of Terrorism and Counter-terrorism since 9/11: Taking Stock and New Directions in Research and Policy’, at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Here, I gave a talk entitled ‘Unknown Knowns: … Continue reading

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