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#101: Radicalization Among Muslim Minorities and State Response to Terrorism : Comparative Analysis of Britain and Russia
Utkur Yakhshiboev
European Centre for Minority Issues
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This working paper is a comparative analysis of Muslim communities in the UK and Russia. Radicalization as a process and the factors for radicalization among Muslim communities in both countries are analyzed to detect the similarities and differences. Both states’ engagement in hard-line policies to tackle Islamic terrorism increases the use of undemocratic measures enhanced by the legal system of each state. Those measures are counter-productive; the social movement theory and the rational choice theory are used to emphasize that the radicalization leading to violence is a political movement intertwined with Islam. 

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