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Islamist Radicalisation in North Africa

Politics and Process, 1st Edition

Edited by George Joffe


222 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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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 George Joffé 1. Islam in Libya Alia Brahimi 2. Social Change, Regime Performance and the Radicalisation of Politics: The Case of Libya Mohamed Zahi Mogherbi 3. Tunisia: The Radicalisation of Religious Policy Mehdi Mabrouk 4. Radicalisation in Tunisia Alison Pargeter 5. The Causes of Radicalisation in Algeria Zine Mohamed Barka 6. Trajectories of Radicalisation: Algeria 1989-1999 George Joffé 7. Morocco’s Radicalised Political Movements Rachel Linn 8. Salafism in Morocco: Between Religious Radicalism and Political Conformism Abdelhakim Aboullouz, with an introduction by Mohamed Tozy 9. The Paradoxes of Islamic Radicalisation in Mauritania Zekeria Ould Ahmed Salem

About the Editor

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.

About the Series

History and Society in the Islamic World

Contemporary events in the Islamic world dominate the headlines and emphasise the crises of the Middle East and North Africa, yet the Islamic World is far larger and more varied than we realise. Current affairs there too mask the underlying trends and values that have, over time, created a fascinating and complex world. This new series is intended to reveal that other Islamic reality by looking at its history and society over the ages, as well as at the contemporary scene. It will also reach far further afield, bringing in Central Asia and the Far East as part of a cultural space sharing common values and beliefs but manifesting a vast diversity of experience and social order.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism
RELIGION / Islam / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies