French Islam's Radical Turn, and Its Ramifications for French Jews

A new book shows the role played by anti-Semitism in the strengthening and consolidation of Islamism in France.

From the cover of Terror in France by Gilles Kepel. Princeton University Press.

From the cover of Terror in France by Gilles Kepel. Princeton University Press.

Observation
June 29 2017
About the author

Neil Rogachevsky teaches at the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University.


Recent attacks in Paris, London, and Manchester have supplied horrifying evidence that “homegrown jihad” remains a potent force in Western countries, especially but not only in Europe. Yet a good understanding of the phenomenon remains elusive. Why are non-negligible numbers of young Muslim men, born often to quite secular parents and brought up in Western societies, transforming themselves into self-styled knights of jihad?

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