Post-Jihadism: Libya and the Global Transformations of Armed Islamist Movements
Abstract:This article analyzes the global transformations of jihadist movements towards abandoning and de-legitimizing political violence in general and terrorism in particular. It focuses on the de-radicalization process of Libya's largest armed Islamist movement: the Islamic Fighting Group. It analyzes the causes behind those transformations and outlines the necessary conditions for, and policy implications of, successful de-radicalization. The article is mainly based on primary sources, field work, and interviews with former jihadist leaders, mid-ranking commanders, grassroots activists, security and intelligence officers, and state officials.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Political Science; and Middle East Studies Program, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK
Publication date: July 1, 2011