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The Missing MartyrsWhy There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists$
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Charles Kurzman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199766871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766871.001.0001

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Predicting the Next Attacks

Predicting the Next Attacks

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(p.169) Chapter 6 Predicting the Next Attacks
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The Missing Martyrs
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Charles Kurzman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199766871.003.0006

American government officials would like academic experts on the Middle East and Islam to help predict the next terrorist attacks. However, terrorism is not easily susceptible to predictive models—it is largely the work of small, secretive groups that are constantly adapting to countermeasures. In addition, there is an ethical dilemma in casting suspicion on large groups of potential terrorists and in stoking unnecessary panic among potential victims. A sensible discussion of terrorist threats needs to balance two cherished ideals, security and liberty, without tilting too far in either direction.

Keywords:   Islam, Islamic, Muslim, terror, terrorist, terrorism, academia, prediction

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