Islam in America: Why U.S. Muslims Are Less Likely to Radicalize than Their European Counterparts [open pdf - 295KB]
"Islam is the world's largest religion, and the second largest religion in the West. Conflicts over the past 30 years have brought Islam to the forefront of politics and Islamophobia to the western world. Islamic radicalism is on the rise, with the home home-grown terrorist quickly becoming a new emerging threat. Although western states of France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, all share common beliefs, values, cultures and religious makeup; how they integrate their minority Muslim populations varies significantly. While there are numerous explanations for this difference, this thesis looks at three specific areas where that difference may influence the population to radicalize: the history of immigration, government policies, and the ability to integrate within western society."
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