El Jadida - Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, but the ever-changing threat environment we witness nowadays is really unprecedented, more complex and diverse than ever before. This article tries to explain from a cultural perspective why some people kill in the name of religion and how a certain notion of identity, as Amin Maalouf argues, encourages them to adopt an attitude that is partial, sectarian, intolerant, domineering, sometimes suicidal, and frequently even changes them into killers.

French soldiers guard the Eiffel Tower in Paris
Mohamed Mifdal is Assistant Professor at Chouaib Doukkali University in El Jadida, Morocco