Author Biography

Salim Yaacoub is an Assistant Professor of law and a senior legal consultant. He holds a doctorate in Private law and Criminal Sciences from the University of Montpellier1, France. He also has a Postgraduate University degree focusing on the Legal Approach of the Arab World from the University Montpellier1, France. He has participated in many conferences, workshops and symposiums in France, United States, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Lebanon. Dr. Yaacoub is a Reviewer Committee Member of the Business, Education and Law Research Group (BELRG). He is an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Law and Public Administration-U.S.A, and an Editorial Member of the International Journal of Humanities and Applied Social Science- U.S.A.



Subject Area Keywords

Ideology, Middle East, Radicalization, Terrorism / counterterrorism, Violent extremism


Within an antagonistic atmosphere, radicalism becomes an attractive path for young Muslim inmates who feel disaffected. This is especially the case for those who are easily manipulated emotionally, due to being separated from friends and family. Radicalism makes them feel like they are in the “right” place. This article contrasts the radicalization processes occurring within United Kingdom prisons with those occurring in Lebanese prisons. Prisons are frequently designated as the “hotbeds” of radicalization, violent extremism, and terrorism, but in the United Kingdom, they are seen more as “homegrown” terrorist plots. Focusing solely on security is insufficient to prevent radicalization. Instead, an approach is needed that not only strengthens the legal framework, but is grounded in wisdom and justice, as otherwise further anti-Muslim backlash to terror attacks will only drive more terrorist attacks.


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