This paper takes a look at the spectre of terrorism in the Islamic societies of the Middle East through the experience of a model of social engineering on which the Science Park of the Istanbul Technical University (“ARI Teknokent”) is being designed, the Agora. The Agora concept refers to a zone or process of experimentation that successfully “incubates” positive values and then diffuses them to the institutions of the larger society. The Science Park brings together capitalists and academics for the purpose of creating a dynamic mechanism of spreading knowledge and technology. While foreign capital and knowledge are sought-after, care is taken to ensure that the project is rooted locally. Such Agoras offer a model for combating terrorism. They can be used to diffuse knowledge and economic progress, thus depriving the terrorist of recruits.
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