Ala El Abbassi

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper examines the motives which the foreign fighters has for being a part of the war with IS in Syria. The focus in the paper is Syrian foreign fighters from Denmark. Our prior understanding of the foreign fighter’s debate was primarily based on media representations. This assignment focuses on the question "What is it that causes young men to leave Denmark to participate in a war several hundred kilometers away from their home country?" This paper is mainly built from Jakob Sheikhs book, which gives a different perspective of the Syrian warriors. The paper analyzes three different motives for why young Danish men choose to be a part of the Syrian war. The theory Stigma by Erving Goffman is used in this paper to analyze and understand the motives for Jihad from a psychological perspective. We used furthermore the reports by the researcher Ann-Sophie Hemmingsen to understand the radicalization process that IS uses and who most likely becomes terrorist. Through the paper is a critical approach towards our source, because of the fact that he is a journalist and not a professional on the Syrian war. Furthermore, the paper contains a discussion of the motives that caused the foreign fighters to be part of the war against the western part of the world. Finally, the paper contains a perspective of how the foreign fighter’s motives are and how they are seen today compared to the Spanish civil war in 1936. The paper does not conclude any reason or motive for the radicalization for Jihad because each foreign fighter has a different background and a different motivation for his or her decision to travel.

UddannelserHistorie, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato10 jun. 2016
VejledereChris Holmsted Larsen


  • Syrien