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Radicalization and Resistance

About the project

Jihadist radicalization is on the rise. Foreign fighters travel to Syria, and recent years we have seen several terrorist attacks in Europe. An increasing group of marginalized young Muslims – and converts – are attracted towards radical and violent interpretation of Islam. Many do not have a religious background, but come from a social context of street culture, illegal drug use and crime. This project aims at understanding the cultural and social dimensions of radicalization, focusing on narratives and counter-narratives.


We will analyse and study internet radicalization and resistance towards violent jihadism among young Muslims. Research is divided into three subprojects: The first examines jihadist organizations’ use of Internet and social media, and processes of internet radicalization. The second subproject studies the subtle connections between street culture and jihadi subcultures. The aim of the third subproject is to identify and engage with counter-narratives to radicalization and extremism among moderate Muslims. Getting insights into the processes of radicalization on Internet and in street culture will further efforts to prevent them. Discovering counter-narratives within Muslim communities will help when designing counter-terrorism policies, and balance public debate on radicalization.


Sveinung Sandberg heads this research project, which includes a project group consisting of 1 post.doc. and 5 research assistants. 



The project is financed by the Research Council of Norway, through the SAMKUL-program.




The project cooperates with researchers from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), the University of Tennessee (USA), the University of Alberta (USA), the University of Tampere (Finland), the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Published Sep. 19, 2016 3:22 PM - Last modified Oct. 4, 2017 2:08 PM