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VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor
Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
Author: Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West
Professor of Political Science, École Normale Supérieure, Paris
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The recently published Terror in France shows how the atrocities committed by the so-called Islamic State in France over the past few years represent a paroxysm of violence that has long been building. The turning point was in 2005, when the worst riots in modern French history erupted in the poor, largely Muslim suburbs of Paris after the accidental deaths of two boys who had been running from the police. The unrest – or “French intifada” – crystallised a new consciousness among young French Muslims.
The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with distinguished scholar, Professor Gilles Kepel, who will guide us through the findings of his new book, Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West. In November 2015, we saw ISIS terrorists massacre scores of citizens with coordinated attacks on the Bataclan concert hall, cafes and the national sports stadium. On Bastille Day in 2016, an ISIS sympathizer drove a lorry into crowds in Nice, and two weeks later a French priest was murdered during morning Mass by two ISIS militants. Kepel’s groundbreaking account of the radicalisation of young Muslims and the failures of governments in Europe will take the reader through a timeline of events over the past decade to reveal the truth about a virulent new wave of jihadism that has Europe as its main target.
*We will be selling copies of Gilles Kepel’s Terror in France on the day for the special price of £15 (RRP £24.95) cash only. Please bring the correct amount of change.*
Gilles Kepel is a French political scientist and the professor of political science at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He is also the director of the Middle East and Mediterranean Chair at Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University. Kepel has written many books on the subjects of Islam, politics and Jihadism. His best known titles include: Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East, The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West, and Jihad: The Trail of Political Islam.