This book takes its point of departure from what the authors call “a surprising fact: engineers are overrepresented among violent Islamist extremists.” (viii) It undertakes a systematic investigation of this fact and its possible significance, using a wide range of available statistical and other information and appropriate statistical methods.
The first chapter undertakes to show that engineers are indeed overrepresented in violent Islamist groups in relation to their proportion in the male population of their countries of origin and to their proportion of university graduates, who are also overrepresented in violent Islamist groups. They also give reasons to discount the possibility that this is because recruiters from these groups prefer engineers.
How to Cite:
Shepard, W. (2016) review of Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education, ed. Diego Gambetta & Steffen Herzog, Journal of Global Analysis, 6, no. 2: 221-222.