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Humanities in Action Talk: “Why are There so Few Muslim Terrorists?” with Charles Kurzman
February 26, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Why are there so few Muslim terrorists? With more than a billion Muslims in the world-many of whom supposedly hate the West and ardently desire martyrdom-why don’t we see terrorist attacks every day? Where are the missing martyrs? These questions may seem counterintuitive, in light of the death and devastation that terrorists have wrought around the world. But the scale of violence, outside of civil war zones, has been far lower than the waves of attacks that the world feared in the wake of 9/11. Terrorists’ own publications complain about Muslims’ failure to join their cause. This talk by Charles Kurzman, Philip Stadter Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UNC Chapel Hill, will address Kurzman’s book The Missing Martyrs, which draws on government sources and revolutionary publications, public opinion surveys and election results, historical documents and in-depth interviews with Muslims in the Middle East and around the world to examine barriers to terrorist recruitment, including liberal Islam, revolutionary rivalries, and an inelastic demand for U.S. foreign policy. Click here for more information.