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Countering Extremism: A Problem for Civil Society | The Cipher Brief

Countering Extremism: A Problem for Civil Society | The Cipher Brief

The first thing we have to do is to dissect the radicalization process. Every person’s journey is unique. Each individual goes through a different timeline, but there are some commonalities. The first part is that there are some genuine partial or perceived grievances that every individual faces in their day-to-day life. Then there are people – charismatic recruiters – that will create a worldview or world lens, if you like. We call it Islamism, as opposed to Islam, the faith.

Islamism is a political ideology that has two objectives: set up a utopian Islamist state and impose a particular version of sharia law, and then spread it around the world.

Source: Countering Extremism: A Problem for Civil Society | The Cipher Brief