Simon Creasey

TES talks to…Steffen Hertog

The London School of Economics academic tells Simon Creasey why educated students are just as vulnerable to Islamic radicalisation as anyone else

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A decade or so ago, a strange rumour started doing the rounds among experts of Islamic radicalism. It had been suggested that a disproportionate number of Islamic radicals were engineers or scientists. However, no one had properly investigated this rumour or managed to substantiate it.

That was until a chance meeting between two scholars at a dinner in Oxford: Steffen Hertog, associate professor of comparative politics at the London School of Economics, and Diego Gambetta, professor of social theory at the European University Institute, Florence, and official fellow of Nuffield College at the ...

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