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The Swedish Mujahideen : An Exploratory Study of 41 Swedish Foreign Fighters Deceased in Iraq and Syria

  • Amir Rostami
  • Joakim Sturup
  • Hernan Mondani
  • Pia Thevselius
  • Jerzy Sarnecki
  • Christofer Edling
Publishing year: 2018-05-09
Language: English
Publication/Series: Studies in Conflict & Terrorism
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Abstract english

This study analyzes the demographics, criminality, and network relations of forty-one deceased Swedish foreign fighters. Our results show that most of the deceased Swedish foreign fighters were on average just under 26 years old when they died. Concerning network relations, nineteen out of the forty-one foreign fighters had at least one relationship (next-of-kin or friend) with another deceased foreign fighter. Two thirds were previously suspected of at least one crime. Based on our results, we argue that more attention needs to be given to tertiary and secondary prevention directed toward foreign fighter hubs.


  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Sociology
  • Foreign fighters
  • Seden
  • Iraq
  • Syria
  • Mujahideen


  • ISSN: 1521-0731
Christofer Edling
E-mail: christofer [dot] edling [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se


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I earned my PhD from Stockholm University in 1999. Between 2002 and 2005 I was Torgny Segerstedt Pro Futura Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University. I received my Docent-title in 2003, and was appointed Associate Professor at Stockholm University in 2004. From 2006 to 2008 I was Head of the Department of Sociology at Stockholm university. Before coming to Lund in 2012 I served as Full Professor of Sociology at Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany. I have been a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (2004/05) and Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (2013).

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