By Grant LaFleche, The Standard
Conference: Maajid Nawaz, the conference’s keynote speaker, knows more about the internal working of the jihadist mind than most. As a young man living in the U.K., he was radicalized by the Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir. Eventually, his involvement with the group landed him in an Egyptian jail for five years.
What is a jihadist?
Why do Islamic extremists think the way they do? How are people living with all the benefits of the western world in the 21st century, radicalized by a violent theology?
Above all, what can we, as a society, do about it?
With the recent attack on a church in Normandy, France, possibly being motivated by jihadist ideology and the Bastille Day massacre, these are questions we are again asking ourselves.
And as it was after incidents from Orlando to Ottawa, we collectively aren’t coming up with clear answers.