Prevention of extremism

This project explored efforts to prevent radicalization and violent extremism, particularly measures against jihadism.


After 2010, the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism emerged in Norway as a new field of policy and policing. Global jihadism played a key role in it, and the Muslim population and religious communities have contributed to numerous initiatives. The type of prevention of extremism that is most common and effective, however, is informal and takes place in private settings, among friends and family.


We conducted 90 qualitative interviews with young Muslims in Norway. Parts of these interviews related to their knowledge and experience of measures to prevent radicalization and violent extremism. A small number of interviewees were also approached because of their former involvement with extremist milieus. We also drew on interviews with people involved in radicalization prevention and observed trials of people accused of political and religious extremism.


We show how and why jihadist individuals and groups in Norway have been impacted by and been the primary target of efforts to counter violent extremism. We have examined practitioners’ experiences, the measures they employ, and the implications of such counter-radicalization work. The project highlights the important role that young Muslims and their families play in “everyday” efforts to combat political and religious radicalization.


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Published Feb. 8, 2021 1:32 PM - Last modified Apr. 29, 2022 9:49 AM