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    Inside the Heads of Modern Jihadis

    Survival is not an option. While violent “jihad” has existed for centuries, it’s only recently that new rules of terror — fostered by youth culture — have inspired fighters to seek their own demise. Such suicide terrorism is claiming more Muslim than western lives, revealing a paradoxical nihilism that contradicts Islamic religious tenets, argues French political scientist Oliver Roy in his new book, Jihad and Death: The Global Appeal of Islamic State. Groups like ISIS are attracting young recruits with apocalyptic delusions, he says, which shouldn’t be confused with Islam in fighting terrorism.

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