Research seminar no2 in Cultural Anthropology: The crime-terror nexus revisited: How Muslims involved in street life and crime oppose jihadism
- Date: –12:00
- Location: Zoom link given upon registration
- Lecturer: Dr Sébastien Tutenges (Department of Sociology, Lund University)
- Organiser: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology
- Contact person: Claudia Merli
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Organiser: Dr Claudia Merli (Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology)
Muslim men with a background in street life and crime have in recent years perpetrated a number of terrorist attacks across Europe. A growing body of research has examined why these men are drawn toward extremism. This talk explores the reverse question: why most people with this background reject extremism. Based on data from ethnographic fieldwork in Oslo, I argue that Muslims involved in street culture are generally opposed to jihadism because they perceive jihadists as evil people who inflict harm on innocents; bad Muslims who defame Islam; and cowards who break the “code of the street.” This opposition results in various anti-jihadi actions, such as criticism and violence against suspected jihadists. Prior research on the crime-terror nexus has focused too narrowly on the similarities between street culture and jihadism, contributing to a distorted image of Muslims involved in street culture as potential terrorists.