Prevention of violent extremism
This project explores the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism, with an emphasis on measures employed against militant Islamist extremism.
About the project
Over the past decade, the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism has emerged as a new area for politics and policing in Norway. Global jihadism has played a key role in the emergence of this area of prevention, while the Muslim population and communities have participated in numerous preventive measures in collaboration with state agencies.
We have conducted 90 qualitative interviews with young Muslims in Norway, including their knowledge of and experiences with measures against radicalization and violent extremism. A minority of the interviewees were recruited because of their previous affiliation with militant milieus. We also draw on interviews with key persons involved in counter-extremism work targeting militant Islamist groups, as well as observation in criminal cases against people associated with militant Islamist groups.
We show why and how global jihadism and militant Islamist milieus in Norway both have accelerated and been the main goal of state measures to prevent violent extremism. We map out what formal measures have been implemented as well as some of their implications, and what role Muslims themselves play in informal efforts to prevent and intervene against radicalization and violent extremism.
Selected media appearances
- The key differences in prevention of left-wing, right-wing, and Islamist extremism on RightNow! blog
- What happens when activist groups are labelled violent extremists? on ScienceNorway