Oct 12


The psychology behind radicalisation

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Why do young people become terrorists? What makes the jihad’s bug so contagious? Many people assume these teens are brain washed or mad. But, believe it or not, terrorists who commit violent acts believe they are making the world a better place. Evidence has shown that ISIS fighters, suicide bombers and Islamic fundamentalists are not usually mentally ill. They are ordinary people, more similar to us than we realise.
So what motivates them? Anthropologist Scott Atran has spent much of his career interviewing terrorists of various ages, social and geographical backgrounds, and he has come to some simple but startling conclusions. Hear from him how normal people become terrorists and what we can do about it.

Join us at Muntpunt Library for this fascinating insight into youth radicalisation.

5:30 – 7:00 PM   FULL CIRCLE TeenTalk

Listen, chat and debate with Scott Atran and other young people at this Full Circle TeenTalk.

Language: Talk & discussion in English
Location: MuntpuntPlace de la Monnaie 6, 1000 Bruxelles
Registration is compulsory

Tickets: €5   BOOK HERE


Scott Atran is a anthropologist and an expert on the terrorism and the psychology of religion. He has conducted a great deal of field-research, travelling around the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, and North Africa.



  • In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion (2002)
  • Talking to the Enemy: Sacred Values, Violent Extremism, and What it Means to be Human (2011)


Full Circle TeenTalks are an opportunity for young audiences (aged 14-18yrs) to interact – listen and talk – with inspiring and innovative thinkers and do-ers from around the world, on subjects relevant to you, in a relaxed context.