Extremists are made, not born: Mubin Shaikh speaks at TEDWomen 2015

I totally disagree. some people are born with a natural polarization to every experience they happen to have on planet earth. not including those on the extreme poles is a degradation of society of itself and not empowering the extreme voices to just be “one of the many voices” — the middle of the stream rejects extremism which is why it rebels. If the mainstream empowered and found useful ways of incorporating the voice, we would not make VIOLENT Extremists.

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Mubin Shaikh speaks at TEDWomen2015 - Momentum, Session 3, May 28, 2015, Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, USA. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED Mubin Shaikh speaks at TEDWomen2015 – Momentum, Session 3, May 28, 2015, Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, USA. Photo: Marla Aufmuth/TED

“I initially celebrated the 9/11 attacks,” says Mubin Shaikh. “When the news came in over the radio that a plane had hit the building, the first words that came out of my mouth were ‘God is great.'”

This was not a natural response, says Shaikh. “Extremists are made, not born,” he explains.

Shaikh grew up in Canada, where he went to a multicultural public school that had warm, encouraging teachers; but on nights and weekends, at his Islamic school, beatings for mistakes were common. But it wasn’t until high school that he started down the path to radicalization. His story changed one night when he had a party while his parents were out of town. His uncle came over in a rage, and chastised him for having a party while his parents…

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