Alan Strathern

Alan Strathern is an Associate Professor in History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow and Tutor of Brasenose College. He has published extensively on Sri Lanka and religious history and is working on a global history of religious conversion. He holds a DPhil in History from the University of Oxford.

Islamist Violence and the Role of Ideology

What can history teach us about jihadist groups such as the Islamic State? “No, we must be clear. The root cause of the threat we face is the extremist ideology itself.” British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent speech in Birmingham represents a direct political intervention in the increasingly urgent debate as to what really lies behind the phenomenon of Islamist violence. Beyond... Continue Reading

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