A fatwa is constitutional


Matenia Sirseloudi

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M.A., born 1971; Head of the project "Terrorism and Radicalization - Indicators for External Influencing Factors" and research assistant at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy, Beim Schlump 83, 20144 Hamburg. [email protected]

In Europe there is growing concern about home-grown terrorism. Radicalization does not take place in a socio-economic and political vacuum. International conflicts also serve to justify jihad.


Ever since potential terrorist attackers from the second and third generation of Muslim migrants and young converts began to be recruited across Europe, the question of a possible connection between the religion of these people and the resulting potential for radicalization in European societies has arisen. With the emergence of jihadist-motivated terrorist violence, the risk of attacks with high numbers of victims and serious damage to property has risen sharply.

Otherworldly oriented assassins apparently take no account of their secular reference groups or of themselves - the more devastating the attack, the greater the alleged homage to the god in whose name the attack is carried out. In view of these consequences of terrorist attacks, the fight against terrorism has shifted more and more into the run-up to the actual terrorist act and is increasingly directed against Islamist currents, which serve as a basis for justifying terrorist violence.