HJS Report Launch: From Devotion to Destruction: Conversion to Islam and Radicalisation


Date: 13:30 – 14:30, 25th October 2017

Location: Committee Room 3,
House of Lords, SW1A 0AA


Dr Julia Rushchenko
Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for the Response to Terrorism and Radicalisation at The Henry Jackson Society

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Similar to all religious groups, the Muslim community contains within it a proportion of believers who were not raised within the faith, but converted to it a later stage in their lives. Like the vast majority of Muslims, these converts are peaceful and law-abiding of. Nevertheless, the participation of converts to Islam has become a distinctive feature home-grown jihadism. When it comes to religiously-motivated violence in Europe, and ‘foreign fighters’ who travel to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS, available data suggests that converts to Islam are considerably overrepresented.

Though the process of conversion to Islam is not indicative of radicalisation, when taken together with other aggravating factors such as a criminal record, stigmatisation, paternal absence, identity conflict, and exposure to the messages of radical preachers, it can be an indicator of a vulnerability to extremist ideology.

By kind invitation of the Baroness Falkner of Margravine,The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with our Associate Research Fellow, Dr Julia Rushchenko, who will discuss the dynamic of conversions to Islam in Europe and their links to radicalisation and violent extremism through a comparative perspective. Julia will also assess policy implications for the counter extremism programmes in the United Kingdom.


Dr Julia Rushchenko is an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for the Response to Terrorism and Radicalisation at The Henry Jackson Society. She is also a Lecturer in Policing and Criminal Investigations at the University of West London, where she teaches modules on Terrorism and Organised Crime. Previously, Dr Rushchenko held research positions at the University of Kent and was a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego. She holds a PhD in Global Criminology from Utrecht University and Hamburg University.


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