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Family and Jihadism. A Socio-Anthropological Approach to the French Experience. Jérôme Ferret, Farhad Khosrokhavar

on the December 29, 2021

Jérôme Ferret is Associate Professor of Sociology (HDR) at University of Toulouse Capitole (Idetcom) and Co-Director of the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société de Toulouse, (MSHS T, UAR 3414, CNRS, France). Farhad Khosrokhavar is Professor of Sociology at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France.

Book Description

This volume explores the paramount importance of family to jihadism in France, Spain and in Europe more generally. In France, special focus is given to the Mohammed Merah paradigmatic case study in the Toulouse region. In Spain, attention is given to the North and to Catalonia. With attention to both the concrete family - often in crisis - and the imaginary family invented by radicalized youth to substitute, this book shows the fundamental need among many jihadists to reconstitute the family, whether in the form of a clan or the imagined Caliphate (or neo-Ummah): a form of shared existence that offers escape from societies in which jihadists feel ill-at-ease. Demonstrating the failure of an emphasis on the individual actor to capture the meaning of jihadism, Family and Jihadism reveals the fundamental importance to our understanding of jihadist activity of the family (in an extended anthropological sense) - real or imagined - into which the individual is inserted. A study of the crisis of family and the re-creation of a new, enlarged family in the lives of young jihadists, this book will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology, politics and security studies with interests in radicalisation, political violence, social movements and religious violence.

Table of Contents

Series Editor’s Introduction

1. French Jihadism and the Family: Hypothesis and Presentation of the Fields Studied

Jérôme Ferret, Farhad Khosrokhavar and Bruno Domingo

2. The ‘Merah Clan’. Family Trajectories and Transformation of the Economy of Violence

Bruno Domingo

3. Artigat or the Imaginary Neo-Umma

Farhad Khosrokhavar

4. Charisma of Action, Mystical Charisma, Neo-Umma Source of European Jihadism: The Example of Toulouse and its Region

Abderrahim El Janati

5. New Fraternal Scenes and Jihadist Violence. Ripoll (Catalonia, North Spain)

Jérôme Ferret

6. Rise and Fall of a Jihadist Neo Family: The Cannes-Torcy Cell

Bartolomeo Conti

7. The Jihadist Commitment as a Solution to the Impasses of Family Transmissions

Sonia Harrati and David Vavassori

8. Jihadism and the Family: A Heuristic Model Questioned, Energized and Augmented

Jérôme Ferret, Farhad Khosrokhavar and Bruno Domingo

Appendix: Biographical Presentation of the Main Actors Studied

Updated on January 4, 2022