Islam and Prison: Why Do Some Inmates Radicalize?


Some researchers note that Islam, which is perceived to be the "religion of the oppressed," is fast becoming prisoners' preferred ideology of resistance, playing the role that Marxism once did. Along with protection from victimization and the search for meaning and identity, this ideology of resistance is a primary catalyst for inmate conversions to a range of Islamic traditions, including Islamist orientations that may espouse ideologies of intolerance and violence.