Following the terrorist attacks on London and Madrid, radical Islam is presumed to be an increasingly potent force in Europe. Yet beneath the media hysteria, very little is actually kwn about it. What radical movements are there? How do they operate? What is driving them? Who are their recruits? What is their relationship, if any, to Al Qaeda? Alison Pargeter has spent three years interviewing radical Islamists throughout Europe to find answers to these questions. She examines how radical ideology travels from East to West, and how the two contexts shape each other. She finds that contrary to what some analysts have claimed, the European Muslim community has t become radicalised en masse. What has happened is that in a globalised world, Middle Eastern power struggles are w being played out in the mosques of Birmingham, Paris and Milan. This is a must-read book for anyone who wants to kw the real story of the jihad which has apparently arrived in our back yard.
Alison Pargeter is a Research Fellow in the School of Social Science and Public Policy, King's College London where she works on issues relating to terrorism, radical Islam and North Africa.