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The purpose of this paper is to understand the role of Al-Qaeda , which is known to be a terrorist group , in politics through analysing the composition and the structure of the group , the psychology of Osama Bin Laden, the leader , and through analysing the psychology of its members.
It is crucial to note that groups have a very important role in politics that can not be neglected , and that groups with a large number of members , like Al-Qaeda , have big role not only in politics but also in decision making (Cottam , Uhler , Mastors and Preston , 2010 , p.65).
This paper will go through the political psychology of Al-Qaeda by using theories from Political Psychology of Groups , Political Extremists and the Political Psychology of Terrorism.The scope of this paper is limited to qualitative secondary resources using books and articles.
This paper argues that the Psychology of Al-Qaeda members and Osama Bin Laden made it a terrorist and extremist group.Burke (2004 , p.18) states that the actions and the ideology of Al-Qaeda resulted from the hatred of the West and the Zionists ; th…