Merah and Breivik: a mirror effect of a European identity crisis

Andre, Virginie 2015, Merah and Breivik: a mirror effect of a European identity crisis, Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, vol. 26, no. 2, Special issue - Religious citizenship and Islamophobia, pp. 183-204, doi: 10.1080/09596410.2015.1015246.

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Title Merah and Breivik: a mirror effect of a European identity crisis
Author(s) Andre, Virginie
Journal name Islam and Christian-Muslim relations
Volume number 26
Issue number 2
Season Special issue - Religious citizenship and Islamophobia
Start page 183
End page 204
Total pages 22
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0959-6410
Keyword(s) European identity
far right
Summary While the cases of Anders Behring Breivik and Mohamed Merah clearly demonstrate the impact of social networks and the role of the Internet and prison on the radicalization process, the killings in Norway and France in fact expose larger issues that exist within contemporary Europe, including profound identity crises manifesting as Islamist extremism in some quarters and far-right extremism in others. This article discusses the individual pathways towards extremism of Merah and Breivik, the interconnectivity of two extremisms and how these can be understood as mirrored manifestations of an identity crisis in Europe.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09596410.2015.1015246
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, University of Birmingham
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