June 2019- The Rage

The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism by Julia Ebner

Our first book club pick is The Rage by Julia Ebner.

The early twenty-first century has been defined by a rise in Islamist radicalisation and a concurrent rise in far right extremism. This book explores the interaction between the 'new' far right and Islamist extremists and considers the consequences for the global terror threat. Julia Ebner argues that far right and Islamist extremist narratives - 'The West is at war with Islam' and 'Muslims are at war with the West' - complement each other perfectly, making the two extremes rhetorical allies and building a spiralling torrent of hatred - 'The Rage'. By looking at extremist movements both online and offline, she shows how far right and Islamist extremists have succeeded in penetrating each other's echo chambers as a result of their mutually useful messages. Based on first-hand interviews, this book introduces readers to the world of reciprocal radicalisation and the hotbeds of extremism that have developed - with potentially disastrous consequences - in the UK, Europe and the US.

Reviews

‘An original and highly informative book on one of the core security issues of our time. The Rage demonstrates powerfully how apparently opposite strands of extremism feed so readily off each other and, in doing so, it illuminates the extent of the problems facing us. Essential reading.’ – Paul Rogers, Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies, Bradford University and author of Irregular War

‘An excellent debut: informed, well-researched and thoughtful. Ebner traces the increasingly important interdependency of far-right and Islamist movements, and offers humane, smart ways through the impasse.’ – Jamie Bartlett, author of Radicals

‘This book brings alive the causes and consequences of far-right extremism and Islamist radicalism in our midst. These two forms of rising bigotry threaten to tear our societies apart. Ebner exposes them both and powerfully calls on us to defend liberal tolerance. The Rage is an excellent master course for those seeking to understand the growth of fanaticism.’ – Ed Husain, author of The Islamist

Timeline

During the month of June, we suggest that participants read about two parts per week but ultimately it is up to you to decide how you wish to split up the reading.

Discussion questions will be posted according to the dates below.

Introduction, Parts One and Two- June 7

Parts Three and Four- June 14

Parts Five and Six- June 21

Parts Seven, Eight and the Epilogue- June 28

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