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Islamist Radicalisation in North Africa
Politics and Process

Edited By

George Joffe

ISBN 9780415588065
Published September 12, 2011 by Routledge
232 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In the current climate of political extremism and violence, much attention has been directed towards "radicalisation" as the reasons behind such courses of action, along with a conviction that those who are radicalised represent an irrational deviation from the conventionally accepted norms of social and political behaviour.

This book focuses on the current issues and analytical approaches to the phenomenon of radicalisation in North Africa. Taking a comprehensive approach to the subject, it looks at the processes that lead to radicalisation, rather than the often violent outcomes. At the same time, chapters expand the discussion historically and conceptually beyond the preoccupations of recent years, in order to develop a more holistic understanding of a complex individual and collective process that has represented a permanent challenge to dominant political, social and, on occasion, economic norms.

With contributions from academics and policy-makers within and outside the region, the book is a comprehensive investigation of Islamist Radicalisation. As such, it will be of great interest to academics and students investigating North Africa and terrorism, as well as specialists in radicalism and extremism.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Antiphonal Responses, Social Movements and Networks  1. Islam in Libya  2. Social Change, Regime Performance and the Radicalisation of Politics: The Case of Libya  3. Tunisia: The Radicalisation of Religious Policy  4. Radicalisation in Tunisia  5. The Causes of Radicalisation in Algeria  6. Trajectories of Radicalisation: Algeria 1989-1999  7. Morocco’s Radicalised Political Movements  8. Salafism in Morocco: Between Religious Radicalism and Political Conformism  9. The Paradoxes of Islamic Radicalisation in Mauritania

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George Joffé teaches the international relations of the Middle East and North Africa  at the Centre of International Studies at the University of Cambridge. His primary interests are in North African affairs and he runs a research centre at the Centre, devoted to these issues, which also produces a journal, the Journal of North African Studies, which he founded and now co-edits.