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Socio-Economic, Political and Theological Deprivations Role in the Radicalization of the British Muslim Youth: The Case of Hizb ut-Tahrir

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This paper studies the Muslim youth experience in Britain vis-a-vis vulnerability to extremist ideologies with a specific focus on the Hizb ut-Tahrir. In Britain, there is the increasingly significant phenomenon of the indigenous-born, native-language-speaking Muslim youth politicized by a radicalized Islam. In the British case, socio-economic and political deprivation as far as Muslims are concerned is an everyday reality. But several other minorities suffer also from these deprivations. This paper argues that in addition to social, economic and political deprivations, Muslims in Britain have to also face multiple discriminations especially in a post-9/11 and 7/7 climate and theological deprivation. Last but not the least international incidents negatively affecting Muslims all over the world, perceived government bias against Muslims, at home and abroad, linked to Palestinian question and Rushdie incident of 1989 make young British Muslims more inclined to radicalism. In this context, HT’s discourse becomes attractive to the young Muslims who suffer from identity issues, exclusion, racism and discrimination. HT’s easily accessible literature provides an alternative source of political and historical information and theological interpretation.

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