Terrorist Activity as a Symptom of the Terrorist Mind
The first step involves individuals existing in a pre-radicalization phase in
which they live lives unaware of or uninterested in either violent jihad or
fundamentalist Salafi Islam.
Incorrect. During this stage, an individual lives a normal life of being a
respectable citizen. Refer to Study Unit 6.
In the second stage, they go through self-identification in which some sort
of crisis or trigger (for example, job loss, social alienation, or a controversial
international conflict) urges them to explore Salafism.
Incorrect. This second step shows the importance of triggering events in the
process of becoming a violent terrorist. Refer to Study Unit 6.
Another step is that individuals undergo indoctrination or adoption of
Jihadist ideals combined with Salafi views.
Incorrect. At this stage, a ‘spiritual sanctioner’ or charismatic figure plays a
central role in the indoctrination process of the new recruit. Refer to Study
The indoctrination process does not require that the recruits be isolated from
the outside world.
Correct. On the contrary, studies of the indoctrination show that it is
conducted with the recruits very much isolated. This enables the terrorist
movement to have almost full control of the recruits. Refer to study unit 6.
The following are key features of the growth and development of the terrorist mindset
The actions of political regimes are also an important determinant.
Incorrect. The actions of regimes are critical because it will influence the
response of the terrorist organization. Refer to Study Unit 6.
Terrorism and the development of the terrorist mindset is exclusively a
response to external conditions.