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Book explores why some Muslim clerics become jihadists

19:00 EST 7 Nov 2017 | AAAS

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) What turns people into radical jihadist clerics? A new book by an MIT political scientist offers a new answer: thwarted career ambitions. More specifically, the book finds, a certain portion of Muslim clerics who end up advocating for jihad -- war against Islam's foes -- started out as mainstream clerics looking for state-sponsored jobs where they could use their intellectual training, only to become unemployed, disenchanted, and radicalized.

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