Dossier December 2015

Characteristics of Islamic extremism

Islamic extremism is characterized by a certain diversity between groups; however, there are certain things, which run like common denominators through all these groups. These common characteristics are mainly based on theological orientation, political or social objectives and others. Some of these general characteristics are common to most of the extremist groups. A strictly literal…

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Challenges linked to Islamic extremism

Security. After the 11 September bombing of the Twin Towers, the world has become extra security conscious. This can be noted in airports, train stations and other places. Security has become an issue in countries which have armed Islamic extremist groups. Such is the case for Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Nigeria and others. Even in countries…

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Diversity of extremist movements

Islamic extremism shows many faces as represented by the many and different groups of extremist orientation. The diversity of extremist groups can be understood by basing the division mainly on their ideological orientation and political or geopolitical goals. Ideological/theological orientation. Islamic extremism is not a monolithic reality. Different theological orientations have given different theological motivations.…

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Islamic Extremism. Between Fear and Terror

The latest terrorist attacks in Paris and in Bamako (Mali) have drawn, once again, the attention on Islamic extremist groups. They have spread death across the Middle East, Africa and now at the heart of Europe. We look at the phenomenon:  causes, characteristics, diversity and challenges.  Al-Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf, Boko Haram, Al-Shabab, ISIS, Khorasan, Al-Nusra,…

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Advocacy.

Advocacy is Re-active while "forcing" us because problems or issues are already there. Then we use advocacy to respond, seeking to address or reducing their…

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The Fox, the Monkey, the Hare and the Horse.

The fox is the wicked animal in the forest, and everyone hates him. He is for ever cheating people and playing tricks on everyone. There is…

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Youth & Mission

The African Youth Survey 2020. Vibrant Afro-optimism rises.

A comprehensive survey of Africa’s youth – the African Youth Survey 2020 –has just revealed a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth driven by a strong…

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