Dear friends of BİLGİ’s European Institute,
In this Working Paper, Metin Koca, a post-doc researcher of the PRIME Youth ERC Research undertaken by the European Institute of İstanbul Bilgi University, elaborates on the contested notion of radicalization. Drawing on a set of media and interview narratives held within the framework of an ongoing EU-funded research for the “PRIME Youth” project conducted under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, Prof. Dr. Ayhan Kaya, and funded by the European Research Council with the Agreement Number 785934, he reveals that radicalism is not always necessarily violent. He argues that both Islamist and nativist forms of radicalization are experienced in a wide spectrum ranging from non-violent radicalization to violent extremism.
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