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New Ways to "Believe" in a Global Context

Malika Bennabi Bensekhar

The contexts of Islam and the globalizing aspect of jihadism can only be understood within the framework of globality. These contexts, which are not exempted from the crises stemming from modernity and from the disenchantment of the world, are confronted to an escalation of interactions on a global scale. This results in changes in the modes of "believing" and in a new relation to Islam. This article aims at precisely describing these dynamics, analyzing the doctrinal system that harbors fundamentalism, structures a dichotomous vision of the world or, to the extreme, establishes the Jihad as a sacred prescription. The emphasis is placed on the psychological motives of the most radical movement.