The global spread of Islamism: An agent-based computer model

Morgan L. Eichman, James A. Rolfsen, Mark J. Wierman, John N. Mordeson, Terry D. Clark

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Abstract

We use an agent-based model to model a dynamic network that considers the rate at which Islamism will spread globally. We define Islamism as the organized political trend that seeks to solve modern political problems by referencing Muslim teachings. The trend is also associated with Radical Islam or Islamic Fundamentalism and is often revolutionary and violent in nature. The model assumes that Islamism spreads from state to state based on existing relations that replicate those defining global trade and communications. Islamism must diffuse through these existing networks. Since Islamism is inimical to western liberal values such as women's rights and social tolerance, the diffusion of Islamism is hindered by a strong commitment to western liberal values. We include all countries in the analysis, scored on the degree to which they are committed to Islamism and western liberal values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Networks
Subtitle of host publicationA Framework of Computational Intelligence
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages407-425
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9783319029924
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Publication series

NameStudies in Computational Intelligence
Volume526
ISSN (Print)1860-949X

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence

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    Eichman, M. L., Rolfsen, J. A., Wierman, M. J., Mordeson, J. N., & Clark, T. D. (2014). The global spread of Islamism: An agent-based computer model. In Social Networks: A Framework of Computational Intelligence (pp. 407-425). (Studies in Computational Intelligence; Vol. 526). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02993-1_18