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Cell Groups and Individual Radicalization in Indonesia, United Kingdom, and the United States


Cell Groups and Individual Radicalization in Indonesia, United Kingdom, and the United States

Investigators: 

Project Details

Primary Findings: 

The Hizbut Tahrir radical organization does not appear to have the capability of accomplishing its transnational goal of reestablishing a caliphate; thus, its membership tends to be somewhat transient. The Muslim Brotherhood appears more capable and its influence is more stealthy. More investigation is needed on this transnational organization.

Methodology: 

Qualitative, comparative case studies of small groups associated with radical Muslim groups in three national contexts—Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and Hizb ut-Tirir (HT) in Indonesia, MB and HT in the United Kingdom, and the American Muslim Council in the United States (considered by many to be the “U.S. Muslim Brotherhood”). Data for the case studies will be collected through field work involving interviews with group leaders, group members, and journalists in each context. In addition, the research team will analyze the communication of groups in each context, looking at websites, pamphlets, books, and public discourse at rallies.

Timeframe

Project Period: 
June 2008 to December 2009