Europe's 'Other' Youth: Mapping the Phenomenon of Young Muslim Radicalization

Stemming from our broader work on the Middle East in Sweden, a lot of which is also focusing on youth, this cluster of research activities takes a critical, theoretical and practical approach to processes of Muslim youth radicalization. Our perspective

  • is premised on our experience of the shortcomings of the securitization of policies towards young Muslims in Sweden and, more broadly, Europe
  • revolves around our belief that we need to take a proactive and positive stance, to develop mechanisms of listening to and understanding young Muslims, their aspirations and grievances
  • centers on the importance of better studying youth radicalism, the way violent jihad is mediated and communicated.

Our current research projects

Europe’s Other Youth: Mapping the phenomenon of young Muslim radicalization I

Europe’s Other Youth: Mapping the phenomenon of young Muslim radicalization II  


S. A Sofos & R. Tsagarousianou (2013). Islam in Europe: Public Spaces and Civic Networks. Palgrave.

S.A. Sofos, S. (2013). L'Islam ne devrait pas être considérée comme une menace à l'inviolable liberté suédoise. EUROPA.

L. Stenberg (2013). Är du en islamist? Essay on contemporary Islam. Magasinet Arena, 3, 66-69.

L.Stenberg (2004). Islamismens idéhistoria. Från Napoleon till Usama bin Ladin. In Raudvere, C. & Hammer, O. (Eds.) Med Gudomlig Auktoritet : om religionens kraft i politiken. Makadam förlag.

U. Ozkirimli & S.Sofos, S. (2015). #QuiSommesNous? A Socratic dialogue on “L’Affaire Charlie Hebdo”. openDemocracy

S. Sofos & R. Tsagarousianou, R. (2012). ‘Back to the drawing board: rethinking multiculturalism. Journal of Contemporary European Studies, 20, 263-271. Taylor and Francis.    

Research Team

Leif Stenberg
Andrea Sjøberg Aasgaard
Daniel Walter
Darcy Thompson
Jørgen Aske
Spyros  A. Sofos