Jihad on their minds
EFD Programme Director Ahmad Mansour is featured in a documentary broadcast on German television about the biographies of young Muslims who have become radicalised and, in some case, travelled to Syria in the name of jihad. Ahmad states that some aspects of radicalisation can be understood as a youth culture; that it is perceived as ‘cool’ to separate yourself from mainstream society and to adopt the Salafist persona. He also states that the powerful ideology and clear structure behind Salafism — a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam — can be very appealing for young people who are looking for order and orientation in their lives.
The documentary is in German and can be seen here