Who are the Danish Foreign Fighters?

Israe Bahta, Naama Daoudi & M'Barka Daoudi

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The purpose of this thesis is threefold: first, to establish Foreign Fighters as an actor category distinct from insurgents and terrorists; second, to present new empirical material about Danish Muslim Foreign Fighters; and third, to propose propositions examining the motivational factors. This thesis aims to deal with Western Foreign Fighters in Iraq and Syria. We investigate what driving forces Foreign Fighters are motivated by into joining ISIS. We conduct qualitative research by setting up semi-structured interviews with two Danish Foreign Fighters who have been in Syria and Iraq and returned back to Denmark. In which Collier & Hoeffler theoretical framework: 'greed' and 'grievance’ in civil war is used to together with a literature review of the existing literature of the phenomena in order to analyse the informants statements and to deduce the Foreign Fighters’ objectives for exchanging their life in the West with a life in the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2015
VejledereMichael Friederich Kluth


  • Rebel organisations
  • Greed
  • Deduction
  • International relations
  • Foreign Fighters
  • Grievance
  • Brotherhood
  • Salafi
  • Syria
  • Middle East
  • Daesh
  • Security Treat
  • Collier
  • Islamic State
  • International Security
  • Iraq
  • Caliphate
  • Case Study
  • Terrorism
  • Qualitative Interviews
  • Induction
  • Shia
  • IS
  • Bachelor
  • Sunni
  • MENA
  • ISIL
  • Identy-making
  • Hoeffler
  • Islam
  • ISIS
  • Semi-structured
  • Ummah
  • Hizb ut-Tahrir