Young Muslims and the stigma of violent jihadism

Counter-narratives and resistance.

About the project

Terrorism and radicalization research has traditionally focused on the few that are radicalized into violent extremism, and neglected the many that are not. This project will study young Muslims perceptions of radical Islamism, including counter-narratives and resistance towards violent radicalization and extremism in the Muslim population. Rather than asking why groups such as Al-Qaeda, IS, or al-Shabaab appeal to young Muslims, we will explore why the overall majority are not attracted to these groups.  


By interviewing a large sample of young Muslims, the aim is to reveal the most powerful counter-narratives working against violent radicalization; the ones already in place within Muslim communities. Vital information can be gained from uncovering resistance and counter-narratives specific to Muslim communities, especially with respect to designing counter-radicalization policies.

Researchers involved

Sveinung Sandberg

Jan Christoffer Andersen 

Tiffany Linn Utvær Gasser 

Marius Linge 

Idil Abdi Abdulle Mohamed 

Samah Shokr

Published Sep. 21, 2016 12:55 PM - Last modified Jan. 20, 2017 1:18 PM
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