Recent Study Authored by Charles Kurzman Shows Terrorism by U.S. Muslims Down
Radical U.S. Muslims Little Threat, Study Says
The New York Times
A feared wave of homegrown terrorism by radicalized Muslim Americans has not materialized, with plots and arrests dropping sharply over the two years since an unusual peak in 2009, according to a new study by a North Carolina research group. ...Charles Kurzman, the author of the report for the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, called terrorism by Muslim Americans “a minuscule threat to public safety.” Of about 14,000 murders in the United States last year, not a single one resulted from Islamic extremism, said Mr. Kurzman, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina.
Terrorism by Muslim-Americans Down
United Press International
Terrorism by Muslims-Americans is down significantly since 2009, a study said Wednesday based on the number of those committing such acts or arrested for them. The study by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security said the number of Muslim-Americans who perpetrated or were arrested for terrorist acts fell from 47 in 2009 to 26 in 2010 and to 20 in 2011. Charles Kurzman, sociology professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill who wrote the study, noted even a single terrorist plot is too many.
Radical U.S. muslims 'miniscule' threat
United Press International
None of the estimated 14,000 homicides committed in the United States last year was related to Islamic extremists, a university study determined. A study released Wednesday by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security in North Carolina found radicalized Muslims were a minor threat to the U.S. public. Charles Kurzman, a sociology professor at the University of North Carolina and author of the report, said Muslim-American terrorism was "a minuscule threat" in 2011.
Home-grown terror threat receding, but post-9/11 America remains on edge
The Christian Science Monitor
...“We're not seeing a high level of spycraft among these individuals,” says University of North Carolina professor Charles Kurzman, author of the Triangle Center study and author of “The Missing Martyrs.” “They're for the most part not professional killers, and their plots come to the attention of authorities fairly quickly.”
Islamic terrorism: It's not what many think, new report suggests (Blog)
The Los Angeles Times
...There were roughly 14,000 murders in the U.S. last year, according to the report, but the 20 American Muslims indicted in suspected terrorist plots — out of the 2 million Muslims in the United States — were not responsible for any of them. “The scale of home-grown Muslim American terrorism in 2011 does not appear to have corroborated the warnings issued by government officials early in the year,” noted the report’s author, Charles Kurzman, a sociologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Report calls Muslim terrorism a ‘minuscule threat’
The Washington Post
The threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism is “tiny” and often exaggerated by government officials, a leading anti-terrorism expert said in a report released Wednesday (Feb. 8). Charles Kurzman, a sociologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a researcher at the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, said 20 Muslim Americans were indicted for violent terrorist plots last year, down from 26 in 2010.
Report: Data Show No 'Upsurge In Muslim-American Terrorism' (Blog)
National Public Radio
...According to University of North Carolina sociology professor Charles Kurzman, who has been studying and reporting about such statistics the past three years, "20 Muslim-Americans were indicted for violent terrorist plots in 2011, down from 26 the year before, bringing the total since 9/11 to 193, or just under 20 per year."
Homegrown Muslim Terrorism Plots Decreased Again In 2011
The Huffington Post
..."Muslim American terrorism continued to be a miniscule threat to public safety last year. None of America's 14,000 murders in 2011 were due to Islamic extremism," said Charles Kurzman, the University of North Carolina sociologist who wrote the study as well as the book "The Missing Martyrs: Why There Are So Few Muslim Terrorists." He said, "The challenge is for Americans to be vigilant about potential violence while keeping these threats in perspective."
Study Shows Decline in "Homegrown" Terrorism
WUNC-FM (Chapel Hill)
...The study – “Muslim-American Terrorism in the Decade Since 9-11” actually shows a steady decline in the number of Muslim-Americans who committed or were arrested for violent terrorist crimes. For example – the report says in 2009, there were 49 Muslim-Americans arrested or convicted of terrorism. In 2010, there were 26. And in 2011 – that number dropped to 20. The report was produced by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. The center is made up of experts from UNC, Duke University and RTI International.
Muslim-American terror cases rare, professor says
The News & Observer (Raleigh)
The number of homegrown terrorism plots hatched by Muslim-Americans has declined over the last three years, and such plots remain relatively rare despite public fears, according to a study by a UNC-Chapel Hill sociology professor. Charles Kurzman has used data from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Center on Law and Security at New York University, as well as media sources such as CNN, to chronicle homegrown terrorism over the past eleven years.
Report: Number of Muslim-Americans indicted for terrorist plots ...
The Triangle Center is “a collaborative effort between Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International.
In the Spirit: Radical US Muslims pose 'miniscule' threat
Wisconsin State Journal
Reporter Doug Erickson explores matters of faith, values and ethics in Wisconsin. ... of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Muslim-American Terrorism: Instilling Fear for the Sake of a Budget
The Huffington Post
Does Muslim-American terrorism pose a significant threat to our nation? Do the alarm, alert and warning levels depicted by the heads of our Homeland Security apparatus and our politicians match the purported threat? Dr. Charles Kurzman recently authored an interesting report: "Muslim American Terrorism in the Decade Since 9/11" published by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, a project of Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International (Research Triangle Institute).