Dyab Abou Jahjah / Dyab Abou Jahjah – A Case for Radicalisation

Dyab Abou Jahjah – A Case for Radicalisation

Dyab Abou Jahjah – A Case for Radicalisation

About the book

We live in a time of uncertainty:  capitalism is caught in a crisis, European solidarity is facing pressure, cities are undergoing radical demographic shifts and at the borders of Europe a humanitarian disaster is unfolding. In response to these developments, the established political order has, by nature, assumed a conservative stance; they are striving to preserve the status quo and thereby focused only on counteracting its symptoms.

Dyab Abou Jahjah is instead joining the politico-philosophical debate as one of its radical voices: he advocates for a more fundamental inquiry into the foundations of our society so as to enable change. In doing so, he draws a distinction between destructive radicalism and constructive radicalism, of which he convincingly chooses for the latter.

Abou Jahjah is not one to shy away from difficult discussions. His A Case for Radicalisation is an extremely urgent call to bring our deepest assumptions into question.

Dyab About Jahjah has written the handbook for a world revolution. – De Morgen

A razor-sharp plea for a better world. – Lex Bohlmeijer, De Correspondent

What he understands under radicalism is not jihad or taking up weapons - he calls that “destructive radicalism”. What defines a radical then? A critical attitude to the western capitalist system, he argues, or “constructive radicalism”. - Trouw

This book is not a reason for rebellion but for protest and discussion, as befits a pamphlet. - NRC Next


Dyab Abou Jahjah (b. 1971) is a Lebanese-born publicist and activist. In the early nineties, he moved to Belgium where he studied political science. In 2000, he founded the Arab European League (AEL), a movement that advocated for the rights of Muslim immigrants and proved to be controversial from the outset. Since 2014, he has been president of Movement X, a civil rights movement that unites immigrants and natives in their ambition to fight against every form of discrimination.

© Koen Broos

Additional book information

  • Non-Fiction
  • ISBN 9789023499831
  • Number of pages: 159
  • World Rights: De Bezige Bij
  • Price: € 14,99