07 Dec

Radicalized Loyalties: Becoming Muslim in The West

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Wijnhaven, Turfmarkt 99, Den Haag

There is a widespread concern today about the “radicalization” of young Muslim men, and the deprived areas of Western cities are believed to have become breeding grounds of home-grown extremism. But how do young Muslims growing up in the cities of the West really live? Fabien Truong uncovers a network of competing loyalties and maps the road these youths take to resolve the conflicts they face: becoming Muslim. For these young men, Islam stands, often alone, as a resource, a gateway – as if it were the last route to “escape” without betrayal and to “fight” in a meaningful and noble way. During the lecture, Fabien Truong will talk about his book. 

About the speaker
Fabien Truong is a sociologist. His work at the Centre de Recherches Sociologiques et Politiques de Paris focuses on urban marginality, social mobility, and the democratization of academia. He is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Paris 8. Radicalized Loyalties is his first book to be translated into English. Previous work in English includes chapters in Class, Ethnicity and State in the Polarized Metropolis and the Handbook in French Politics and Culture.

About the seminars
The Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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