Ginger Jihadi: Why redheads are turning to radical Islam

Damien Lewis

Nick Brody played by Damien Lewis on the series Homeland, is a redhead that has been held prisoner by al-Queda for 8 years who is suspected of converting to Islam during captivity. This notion of people with red hair becoming Islamist converts is real and they have been labeled ‘ginger jihadis.’

“Dozens of young redheaded men and women are replacing the ritual bullying of the playground with the ritual strictures of radical Islam, perhaps – at least according to some experts – as a result of the bullying and persecution they endure early in life.”

Redheads are over-represented in the number of Islamist converts. Research shows 76 per cent of white British converts to radical Islam had red hair. In the Daily Mail archives, 69 per cent of white Brits lured into jihadism or the orbit of an extremist preacher were ginger. The number was similar for the Mirror and the Telegraph. The Guardian yielded a full 100 per cent redhead rate for the stories we sampled.

These are extraordinary numbers when you consider that in northern and western Europe, the average incidence of red hair in the general population is 5 per cent. In other words, Islamic extremists reported on by the media are fifteen times more likely than the general population to have red hair.

Sources: ginger jihadis on Breitbart and Hindujagruti

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