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Preventing Extremism and Violence

CFG Ongoing Programmes

This program addresses the transnational phenomenon of extremism using a conflict transformation approach. It aims to the reduce violence in the Sahel region, the Lake Chad area and the Arab world, through the promotion of wasatiya (the "middle way") and the avoidance of extremes (ghulu), both concepts rooted in Islamic thought and practice.

The project comprises two tracks: the first track, working in collaboration with credible and authoritative Muslim scholars, develops and promotes the centrality of wasatiya in Muslim doctrine, and hence the illegitimacy of ghulu; the second track focuses on the negative effects of the “war on terror” discourse, and its abuse in certain countries, and aims to raise the awareness of governments of the counter-productive impacts of this discourse.