that don't fit the narrative
The attack in Bangladesh once again raises the question, "What causes jihad?" Politicians and the media often answer this question by claiming that jihad arises from poverty and lack of education. The Bangladeshi jihadis, however, were wealthy and well-educated. It seems we must search for the source of jihad elsewhere. In this video, David Wood examines Muhammad's claims about martyrdom to understand why rich, educated Muslims would throw their lives away to kill in the name of Allah.
Though Wood doesn't mention it here, surveys consistently show that a) those Muslims involving themselves in Jihad are of a higher educational standard than other Muslims and b) each generation of the descendants of Muslim migrants in Europe are less well integrated into their host countries than the preceding generation. Indicating that exposure to higher levels of supposedly superior Western education, even to Western University level, does not protect them from jihad. On the contrary it would seem.
Robert Spencer notes these things:~
"The New York Times reported in March 2016 that “not long after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001…Alan B. Krueger, the Princeton economist, tested the widespread assumption that poverty was a key factor in the making of a terrorist. Mr. Krueger’s analysis of economic figures, polls, and data on suicide bombers and hate groups found no link between economic distress and terrorism.”
CNS News noted in September 2013 that “according to a Rand Corporation report on counterterrorism, prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2009, ‘Terrorists are not particularly impoverished, uneducated, or afflicted by mental disease. Demographically, their most important characteristic is normalcy (within their environment). Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds.’ One of the authors of the RAND report, Darcy Noricks, also found that according to a number of academic studies, ‘Terrorists turn out to be more rather than less educated than the general population.’”