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Combine these factors with resistance from elements of the predominantly non-Muslim population, high unemployment rates among young Muslims and a lack of opportunity for social and economic advancement, and it is easy to see why a significant minority of Muslim youths in Europe and certain communities in the United States are susceptible to radicalization.For centuries, Jews often lived separately from indigenous populations, gathering in tightly knit communities. Informed by suspicion of "the other" and often by outright anti-Semitism, what today would be called "host communities" frequently prohibited Jews from participating in most professions and crafts and in the political and cultural life of the societies. To bolster new ideals, an infrastructure of Jewish institutions and organizations evolved that not only served the needs of Jews but also interacted with similar structures in host societies.Might the experience of the Jews in Western societies provide a model for the growing Muslim communities of Europe and North America? Perhaps so, but it is essential that reform in Islamic practice and custom be initiated and molded by leaders in those Muslim communities.
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