This report examines Islamic radicalization in Massachusetts by applying an integrated analysis of the state’s multi-faceted Muslim community. Given the historic and continued commitment to religious freedom in Massachusetts, instances of radicalization within the state are a unique phenomenon.
This report begins with a very broad approach: The first section highlights the demographic make-up of the Muslim population of Massachusetts, as well as the history of the Islamic community. Next, the report examines the internal make-up of the Muslim population today – the groups, mosques, and Islamic centers.
Finally, the paper narrows its focus, zeroing in on specific criminal proceedings and radicalization case studies. The findings reveal that the Muslim community of Massachusetts, while not immune to clashes with those outside the community and instances of radicalization, is generally tolerant, far-reaching, and embraced by other religious communities.