Is political Islam a reaction against effects of globalization?Watch
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Huge growth in population sizes with the majority of the population under 25 years of age. Crumbling infrastructure combined with a population thy don't embrace higher education where by the most popular HE course is Islamic studies. What could possible go wrong?
There was an academic paper written years back (sorry, I forget the the author) arguing that the Middle East was actually an empire in decline. The problem is that society has never seen an empire collapse on itself first hand.
Some may argue that the improvements in transportation allow the crazies to move around more and for us the be more aware of the crazies.
Others may argue that Islam is 700 years younger than Christianity. 700 years ago Christianity was doing some crazy things on the name of religion.
It should be remember d that for all of the issues within Islam, the vast majority of Muslims are normal, law abiding, tolerant people who despise extremists. This isn't the first time religion has been hijacked by a minority to further a political aim.
Poverty and Islam are directly linked so the "losers" of capitalism are still more likely to convert. As noted recently of working class whites with no money, prospects or education turning towards Islam.