FEBRUARY 29, 2012:

“The scale of homegrown Muslim-American terrorism in 2011 does not appear to have corroborated the warnings issued by government officials early in the year,” says a new study by Charles Kurzman (pictured), Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and published by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security — a project of Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International (Research Triangle Institute International).

The report, “Muslim-American Terrorism in the Decade Since 9-11,” issued on Feb. 8, 2012,  is the third annual report on Muslim American terrorism suspects and perpetrators published by the Center.

The first report, co-authored by Duke University’s David Schanzer, Kurzman, and Duke University’s Ebrahim Moosa in early 2010, also examined efforts by Muslim Americans to prevent radicalization. The second report, authored by Charles Kurzman and issued in early 2011, also examined the source of the initial tips that brought these cases to the attention of law enforcement authorities. The third report, authored by Kurzman, focuses on cases of support for terrorism, in addition to violent plots. These reports, and the data on which they are based, are available HERE


Charles Kurzman is a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author of “The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists” (Oxford University Press, 2011). He is co-director, with professor of religious studies Carl Ernst, of  UNC Chapel Hill’s Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. 

Q & A on The Missing Martyrs





Charles Kurzman, David Schanzer, and Ebrahim Moosa, “Muslim American Terrorism Since 9/11: Why So Rare?” The Muslim World, July 2011, pages 464–483: (excerpt) “Terrorist front organizations and their multicultural enablers claim that the threat of Islamic terrorism is exaggerated. Right-wing Islamophobes claim that the threat of Islamic terrorism is not being taken seriously enough. So which is it? In order to bring evidence to bear on this vexatious issue, we have attempted to gather information on every Muslim-American terrorism suspect and perpetrator since September 11, 2011.” MORE

Charles Kurzman, “Muslim-American Terrorism Since 9/11: An Accounting,” February 2, 2011: (excerpt) “This report documents a downturn in the pace of Muslim-American terrorism — it remains to be seen whether this is accorded a similar level of attention, and whether the level of public concern will ratchet downward along with the number of terrorism suspects.” MORE

David Schanzer, Charles Kurzman, and Ebrahim Moosa, “Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim-Americans,” Report for the National Institute of Justice, January 6, 2010.


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