Date of Graduation

Spring 2015

Document Type

Honors Research Project

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Political Science

Research Sponsor

Dr Karl C Kaltenthaler

First Reader

Dr Ronald D Gelleny

Second Reader

Dr William T Lyons Jr


This paper will compare and contrast the personal characteristics among individuals who were born in Middle Eastern countries and have committed violent acts of terror in the name of Salafi Jihadism against Western countries. First, a review of the current literature on the pre-conditions for Salafi-jihadist radicalization and activism in general will be conducted. Next, the study will focus on those issues most salient to the Middle East. This research will serve as a precursor for further study on ways to build a characteristic based profile on at risk individuals for Salafi jihadist radicalization, recruitment, and activism.