The Jihadi Threat to Scotland: Caledonian Exceptionalism and its Limits

Bonino, Stefano (2016) The Jihadi Threat to Scotland: Caledonian Exceptionalism and its Limits. CTC Sentinel, 9 (4). pp. 27-31.

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At a fragile time in the history of Western-Islamic relationships, particularly given the global threat posed by the Islamic State and the unprecedented number of European Muslims who have traveled to conflict zones in the Middle East, the comparatively fewer problems Scotland has experienced with violent radicalization are worthy of study. One explanation is that the nature of Scotland's body politic and the orientation of its policies—in some ways similar to Canada's—have reduced the appeal of grievance-based jihadi propaganda. An economically better off and more upwardly mobile group of south Asian immigrants settled in Scotland compared to England, spreading across the country and fostering relatively harmonious relationships with the wider society. Yet, pockets of Islamist extremism, the Islamic State's global political allure and distortion of Islam to spread its worldview, and ongoing concerns about ultra-orthodox elements in the Pakistani community suggest that Scotland is far from immune to the threat of violent jihadism.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Stefano Bonino
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2016 08:33
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 04:23

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