Ep#184 – Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens – Radicalisation

This week on The Knight Tube, Stephen Knight (@Gspellchecker) welcomes Alexander Meleagrou-Hitchens (@AMHitchens). Alexander is a Lecturer in terrorism at King’s College London and the author of ‘Incitement: Anwar al-Awlaki’s Western Jihad’. They discuss radicalisation, terrorism, and the influence of al-Awlaki on modern Islamic extremism. 0:00 Start
0:35 About Alexander
1:51 The approach and style choice when writing about Anwar Al-Awlaki
5:35 Who was Anwar Al-Awlaki?
11:09 Foreign policy versus religious ideology?
19:08 Is the doctrine of Islam a special case when it comes to extremism?
26:33 Should Islamist and Jihadi sermons remain on platforms such as YouTube? What role do digital platforms play in radicalisation?
34:27 The government response to the killing of UK politician David Amess at the hands of a suspected Jihadist.
39:39 Are counter-terror organisations better prepared than our politicians?
45:58 The public opposition to linking Islam with violent extremism
52:05 The ‘reactionary wave’: Similarities between salafi-Jihadists and white supremacists.

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