It is difficult to know which one to pick, Elvis or the Fine Young Cannibals, but suspicious minds is a classic whichever way you choose to play it. In terrorism research the issue of the role and perception of communities to which individuals involved in terrorism belong has exercised researchers. An earlier post dealt with Scandinavian attempts to understand involvement. Researchers like Jonathon Githens-Mazer, Michael Kenney or Alison Pargeter have conducted research on the North African communities with interesting results. Kenney in particular through field-based research in Cueta has drawn conclusions that hold salutary lessons for the desk-based analyst and a timely reminder of the need for contextual and granular detail.
Githens-Mazer, J. (2008). Islamic Radicalisation among North Africans in Britain. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 10, pp. 550–570
Githens-Mazer, J. (2008). Variations on a Theme: Radical Violent Islamism and European North African Radicalization. Political Science & Politics, 41 , pp 19-24
Githens-Mazer, J. (2009). The blowback of repression and the Dynamics of North African radicalization. International Affairs, 85: 5, pp. 1015–1029
Kenney, M. (2011). Hotbed of Radicalization or Something Else?: An Ethnographic Exploration of a Muslim Neighborhood in Ceuta. Terrorism and Political Violence 23: 4 pp.537–559.
Pargeter, A. (2006) ‘North African Immigrants in Europe and Political Violence‘, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 29: 8, 731 — 747
Pargeter, A. (2009). Localism and radicalization in North Africa: local factors and the development of political Islam in Morocco, Tunisia and Libya. International Affairs 85 (5) : 1031-1044.
Pargeter, A. Al-Baddawy, A. (2006). North Africa’s radical diaspora in Europe shift focus to Iraq war. Janes Intelligence Review, 18;4, 11-15
Storm, L. (2009).The Persistence of Authoritarianism as a Source of Radicalization in North Africa. International Affairs 85 (5) (September 7): 997-1013.