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Why do transnational extremist organizations succeed where democratic movements have a harder time taking hold? Maajid Nawaz was very actively involved in Islamic extremism for 13 years before he ended up in an Egyptian prison at 24 years old, blacklisted in three countries for attempting to overthrow their governments and sentenced to 5 years. Nawaz describes how people's self-identification has changed since medieval times, when people considered themselves as being "from" a particular religious group to, in the 19th century being "from" a nation or ethnic group to, more recently being a "citizen" of a given country, regardless of ethnicity.
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