‘Coping With Defeat’ Review: Believers Without Borders

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In July 1900, after a wave of attacks against civilians and politicians in Europe and America, an Italian anarchist who had been living in Paterson, N.J., murdered the king of Italy. In November 2015, Muslims from Molenbeek, Belgium (and elsewhere), killed 130 innocent people in Paris. In both cities, immigrant revolutionaries had pursued their global political agendas against the governments of their old and new homes alike. Faced with poverty, police surveillance and disproportionately high incarceration rates, some in these communities saw militancy as a legitimate form of politics and undertook several spectacular acts of international violence to advance their cause.

Pushing past an initial sense of cognitive dissonance, is it possible to think about these two bloody moments together? Today we have jarringly different perceptions of these two communities, but might we be willing to contemplate a fate for European Muslims similar…

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