Understanding Violent Jihadism with Pieter Stockmans


(c) Xander Stockmans

On the 12th of February, we received a visit from Pieter Stockmans. Pieter is a freelance journalist and human rights activist specialized in the Middle East, with — as he puts it himself — a focus on Freedom and Happiness. Pieter came to tell us about the seeds of radicalization and the reasons young muslims join the IS front. He has conducted research on the topic in poor neighborhoods in Jordan from where important Jihad leaders like Abdullah Azzam and Abu Muhammed al-Maqdisi originated. Read more