Throughout 2017, the ISMU Foundation will conduct a research on the radicalization phenomenon in Italy, aimed at identifying and comprehending the elements inducing persons with a Muslim migratory background (but not only) to make radical choices, which might lead, in the most extreme cases, to join jihadism movements and to embrace violent extremism.

Against the background of a wider and necessary attention to socialization and identity-building processes, the research will single out and analyze in-depth a number of emblematic cases, through the reconstruction of life stories and interviews to “privileged witnesses” selected among institutions, agencies, single and collective actors involved in the monitoring of the phenomenon in Italy  in different ways. The goal is to grasp those elements which are susceptible to become essential for determining radical trajectories, whereby both communitarian responsibilities and individual personalities contribute to shape an environment which might lead to extremist choices and actions.